Wollaton Hall Choir Performance – 4th June!
Musical moments at Wollaton Hall – Saturday 4 June
A choir made up of local blind and partially sighted singers will be creating some musical moments to remember at Wollaton Hall on Saturday 4 June to help raise money for local charity, My Sight Notts.
The unconventional choir dispenses with traditional song books and conductors wielding a baton and instead singers are provided with songs on CD so that they can learn the words and tunes in advance at home so that no one is excluded from taking part because they can’t see.
The performances will take place in the Willoughby Room at Wollaton Hall between 11-11:30am and again between 12:00-12:30pm before the singers head off into the beautiful grounds of Wollaton hall for a well-earned picnic lunch!
This is the second time a group of visually impaired people from My Sight Notts have visited Wollaton Hall, as earlier this year a group of blind and partially sighted artists who take part in Arts Workshops provided by the charity were invited tour the iconic local landmark to help staff from Nottingham City Council’s Museums and Galleries Department make the exhibits in the Natural History Museum more user friendly for people with sight loss.
Kay Dear who is registered blind and lives in Radford said: “It’s great to be back in the Willoughby Room at Wollaton Hall again. The work we did earlier in the year to help make the exhibits in the natural history museum’s new Learning Lab more accessible to people with sight loss felt very important and quite serious, so it’s good to be back and to have the opportunity to spread a little happiness with our singing.
“I’ve been a member of the My Sight Notts choir since it was first set up two years ago and I love it! It will be quite nerve-wracking, performing in front of the public, but it will be great fun too!
“Living with a visual impairment has its challenges and it’s all too easy to feel quite low sometimes. Singing in the choir is a great release and a real pick-me-up when you’re feeling sad. Singing takes you out of yourself and makes you feel happy, I hope we don’t make mistakes when we sing at such a prestigious venue as Wollaton Hall, I hope it goes well, that people will come and listen to us perform and that our music might make them feel happy too. We’ve been rehearsing for about a month, my favourite song is ‘Lean on Me’, which really sums up the choir for me because it provides an opportunity for us all come together, get support from each other and beat away the blues with some music therapy!”
Notes to editors:
Journalists and photographer’s are very welcome to join in the fun at Wollaton Hall on Saturday 4 June. To arrange an interview with Kay Dear, please contact Julie Scarle at My Sight Nottinghamshire tel: 0115 9706 806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Jen Lowis, Communications & Marketing Business Partner, Nottingham City Council tel: 0115 876 3381 mob: 07855 977 874