Clients, staff and volunteers from the Cardinal Hume Centre’s Key Notes singing group are today taking centre stage at Wigmore Hall in Central London, performing a medley of songs they have learned and written to colleagues, friends and family.
The special event marks the end of another successful term of singing at the Cardinal Hume Centre. Led by professionals from Wigmore Hall, Key Notes is all about encouraging participants from different backgrounds to exercise their vocal chords, socialise and boost their health and well-being in the process. Open to everyone at the Centre, the weekly sessions have been particularly helpful to 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.
Jan Lemmon, Manager for Learning and Employment Services and Key Notes regular, said: “There is a very clear link between group singing and improved health and well-being, and you only need to witness a few of the Key Notes singing sessions to see why. Singing is such an uplifting activity, allowing us all to live in the moment, forget about our worries, and express ourselves. On behalf of all the singers here, I’d like to say an enormous thanks to the musicians at Wigmore Hall for bringing such joy to the Centre.”
Ed Taylor, Programme Manager at Wigmore Hall said: “It’s always such a pleasure to work with the Cardinal Hume Centre. We’ve been supporting them for nine years now, and I am always struck by the welcome that they give to everyone here. It’s clear that Key Notes has had a really positive impact on so many people at the Centre. I’m really excited about today and hope that all our performers thoroughly enjoy singing in our remarkable venue.”
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