Music to our ears

If you can talk, you can sing: To join in the fun of the ‘Emm and Friends Choir’ each week all that is required is that you like to sing. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Choir. You really can’t stop the music, it seems!

Around 30 people gather each Friday in the chapel at Emmerton Park to have a really good sing. They are called the ‘Emm and Friends Choir’.

It all started two-and-a-half years ago after discussion between Christine Hyde (director of care at Emmerton Park) and Jan Krom (local music teacher).

A need was felt for an engaging, regular music activity, open to both residents and the wider community. The choir grew from that idea.

The staff support the activity enthusiastically and there is always an interesting array of wheelchairs, walking frames and gophers in the room.

Jan is now the accompanist and her sister, Maree Kentwell from Burnie, is the lively conductor of it all.

They say, “They really are a beaut bunch of people and it’s a very invigorating hour of singing each week!”

Around two-thirds of the choir are residents of Emmerton Park and the rest are people of different ages from around the district.

The requirement for membership is simply that you like to sing.

Most of the songs in their repertoire were the top-of-the-pops in the 1930s to ‘50s, but they also sing more recent classics such as “You Raise Me Up”, “You Can’t Stop the Music” and another song that starts, ‘If you can walk, you can dance and if you can talk, you can sing . . .’

The choir performs around four concerts each year as well.

If you like to sing, you are very welcome to join them on Fridays at 10.45am. The more, the merrier!

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