Eclipse Choir took a special group of singers to BBC Radio 2 on Thursday 26th September to sing for BBC Music Day on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. The singers who came have all had experience in their family of dementia and chose a select play list of songs that expressed some of their experiences in that time. They did a marvellous job singing Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson, Wings by Birdy and The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics - all which expressed some of the different emotions of living with and losing a loved one in this way.
Choir director, James Hawkins, explained, "The Living Years is a reminder to clear the air with our loved ones and not leave things too late. Wings is about the power of memory, and how our loved ones remain powerfully with us in this way. And Higher and Higher is a shout out to all those carers our there, who are doing wonderful work."
Our soloists were Theresa McDermott, Miranda Cragg and James Hawkins. James also played piano and accompanying on guitar was Will Cragg.
Also two members of the choir, Tilly and Sue, spoke about their personal experience of dementia and how singing kept them uplifted and in good health. As Jim said, "Singing in a choir is eating 100 bars of chocolate without the calories!"
You can hear the show on our Soundcloud list here or on BBC Sounds. Eclipse Choir members sing about 2:35 into the show.
Thank you and get involved
Thank you to all those who have sent positive feedback, it's a privilege to be able to sing in this way. Thank you to BBC Music Day for the brilliant coverage they give to local community music every year and we encourage anyone to join a community choir as a way to break depression, lift your spirits and find a new lease of life!
— Clare Runacres (@ClareNews2) September 26, 2019