Cardinal Hume Centre hits the high notes as singing group launches

Clients, staff and volunteers are to raise the roof of the Cardinal Hume Centre as its new singing group, Key Notes, launches on Wednesday 24 January.

Led by professionals from Wigmore Hall, the weekly lunchtime event aims to encourage clients, volunteers and colleagues across the Centre to exercise their vocal chords, whilst making new friends and improving their confidence in the process. The singing group has the added benefit of helping many of our clients who are learning English as a second or other language (ESOL), allowing them to practice unfamiliar sounds in a fun, stimulating and non-judgemental environment.

Slywia Lemanska, ESOL Co-ordinator at the Cardinal Hume Centre, said: “Key Notes builds on last year’s successful singing project for ESOL clients. The link between group singing and improved health and wellbeing are well documented, so we’re now really excited about extending this activity to all clients, volunteers and colleagues this year. We’re incredibly lucky to have wonderful singers from Wigmore Hall facilitating our lunchtime sessions, and we look forward to welcoming as many people as we can. No experience or choral skills are required, just the desire to sing with enthusiasm!

Ed Taylor, Programme Manager at Wigmore Hall said: “Wigmore Hall Learning have been working in partnership with Cardinal Hume Centre for over eight years, and we are very excited to start this new chapter together. The Centre excels at providing a safe space and welcomes all who access it, and we hope that weekly singing will help to affirm this, and encourage people to interact and socialise, as well as strengthen communication and group identity.”