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Our community choir is open to all patients and families, as well as to staff, volunteers and anyone from the local community. It offers a creative space where people can enjoy singing and connect with each other.

Introduction

Your health and wellbeing is our number one priority. For this reason, and as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic, our community choir is offered as a virtual choir every Tuesday between 4pm-5pm

Please feel free to contact us via email if you have any questions or if you would like to register your interest: arts@stcolumbashospice.org.uk

Frequently asked questions

Who can join the choir?
Anyone!

How do I join the choir?
For now, the choir is taking place online via Zoom. Send an email to arts@stcolumbashospice.org.uk and we will send you details (including how to download Zoom).

When is the choir on?
Weekly on a Tuesday from 4-5pm, currently ONLINE ONLY.

Do I need to come every week, or even for the whole session?
It’s a drop in, so come along when you can make it and you don’t need to stay/participate for the whole session.

Who will run the choir?
Anna Ludwig, our new Community Choir Facilitator will lead the choir along with the help of a hospice volunteer. Anna is a music therapist and has spent many years working in palliative care and also running community choirs.

Do I need to have any connection to the hospice?
Not at all.

What can I expect from the choir?
Fun, social interaction, make new friends, support the hospice, breathing techniques, warm-ups (physical and vocal), a sense of belonging. Learning new songs and singing old songs.

Do I need to be able to sing or read music?
No. All songs, if not already well known, will be taught by ear and words will be on-screen.

Do I need to have a musical background or knowledge of music?
No.

Can I join the choir using my phone or is it just by video?
You can join the online choir by both, though phone has limitations (you cannot see the screen for example).

How much does it cost?
It is FREE! (but donations are always welcome at stcolumbashospice.org.uk/donate).

What sort of songs will we sing?
Everything from sea shanties to number one hits, all decades covered from The Everly Brothers to George Ezra with lots of folk and world songs thrown in for good measure. We try to stick to fairly easy to learn songs.

Will I have access to lyrics?
The lyrics will be shown on the screen (so no need to print anything).

Who will be able to hear me singing?
Only yourself or people in your household as you will be on mute for the majority of the session. The technology does not yet exist to enable us to all sing at the same time over the internet.

What about confidentiality?
Sessions will not be audio or video recorded. Participants are asked not to take screen shots or mobile phone photos.

Do I need my camera on?
No, but it’s easier for the choir facilitator and others to interact with you if you do leave it on.

What is Zoom and how do I use it?
Zoom is an online video/audio platform – we will email details of how to use it when you contact us.

I have more questions, who can I contact?
Please email either arts@stcolumbashospice.org.uk or aludwig@stcolumbashospice.org.uk.

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