Lancaster Singers’ two December Carol Concerts in the Ashton Memorial have long been one of the highlights of the choir’s annual season, and a joyful highlight of Lancaster’s Christmas festivities. For Christmas 2017 however a group drawn from the choir embarked on a new venture: on the afternoon of 21 December we were the guests of Moorside Care Home, Wyresdale Road, where for an hour or so we entertained staff and residents with a programme of well-known and well-loved (as well as a few less familiar) carols.
From start to finish the carollers were made to feel welcome, and it was thrilling for us to experience the response that our singing of Christmas favourites evoked in the audience gathered in the Care Home lounge. Many of the residents responded positively to familiar words and music, even when through age or infirmity they were unable to sing or read the words. We felt that we helped them connect with happy Christmas experiences they had enjoyed in the past. The success of this new initiative encourages the Singers to repeat it in 2018, and possibly on a somewhat larger scale, in two or three Care Homes rather than just one. And why only carols, why only at Christmas? Bringing good music to as wide an audience as possible is a vital part of our mission as a Charity – as well as a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the music-makers involved.