Our 2018 AGM was held after our singing session on Friday 25th May at The Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Norwich.
In her Annual Report Heather said that it had been another lovely year for Come Singing. She then went on to say that we currently run between eighteen and twenty thriving sessions monthly: two big community groups at Costessey and the Millennium Library plus others in day centres, care homes, sheltered housing, the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and Hammerton Court (the Julian Hospital). There have been lots of visitors this year – some initially just to see what we do, but many have enjoyed the singing, felt welcome and are now regular attendees.
In the autumn with the wonderful skill and patience of sound recordist Ashley Bond we produced our second CD ‘You can’t stop singing’. This is a compilation of singing from The Costessey Centre, Millennium Library and Dell Rose groups. Generous funding from Norfolk Community Foundation (Brief Community Fund) and the Jay Singers means that we can distribute copies for free wherever they can be useful. Norse has also expressed interest in acquiring copies for its care homes.
In November 2017, the work of Come Singing was recognised in the EDP Stars of Waveney and Norfolk Awards.
We were also invited to enhance(!) the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital’s recent very joyful Dementia Fayre. This entailed lots of free tea and delicious cake and a little convivial singing and we were clearly much appreciated. It was a good morning.
Music Mirrors, which are technically a project of Come Singing, are also thriving. There is interest and activity locally, nationally and internationally: in Norfolk there have been several training workshops; several local WI groups are now involved and plan to make MMs in the community; the Journal of Nursing and Residential Care will publish an article in July and the four-year research project at Zurich University is in full swing.
Together we’ve had fun, and we seem to have created much joy on the way. Come Singing is a wonderful group and it’s a privilege to volunteer with so many people whom we love dearly.