CLASP Performance with singhealthychoirs – June 2016
‘Joyful’, ‘uplifting’ and ‘heart-warming’ were just some of the many positive reactions following our performance on Friday 24th June – the culmination of singhealthychoirs’ collaboration with members of CLASP (Caring, Listening and Supporting Partnership) in Wokingham. This joint venture was planned as part of Learning Disability Awareness Week: a national campaign organised through MENCAP with events throughout the country.
Firstly, we entertained invited guests at the Methodist Church in the Bradbury Centre, before moving on to the council offices at Shute End where we assembled in the foyer to sing to staff and visitors who had gathered to listen in the atrium and on the balconies above the performance area. As well as performing our signature song ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’, song sheets were provided so that all those present had the opportunity to participate in the sociability of singing – thereby echoing the theme of this year’s events – ‘Friendships & Relationships’.
Dorian Edwards, Musical Director of singhealthychoirs praised the enthusiasm of those who had contributed from CLASP with their regular attendance at the practice sessions and their desire to perfect the song lyrics. He also added:
‘The way the regular members of the choir have embraced the temporary additions for this concert has made me very proud.’ We have all made many new friends as a result of this collaboration and look forward to working with CLASP again later in the year for a performance at Christmas time.