The new choir from Grace Academy Darlaston treated nursing home residents to a ‘Weather Medley’ of well-known classics on their first performance outside the Academy.
Over 30 residents from The Willows Nursing Home in Wednesbury sang along to classics with a weather theme including ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’, and ‘Walking On Sunshine’.
Thirteen students took part in the performance that turned out to be an early present for resident Winnifred Griffin, who will be celebrating her 100th birthday in March.
Year 7 student, Rhys Barford, said:
“Today it meant a lot to me to perform at the nursing home because it made me feel happy to put a smile on the residents’ faces.”
Year 8 student Kayla Allen said:
“I loved performing today. It was an amazing experience, and seeing the residents smile made me feel proud to be a part of our choir.”
The Grace Academy Choir is run by Michaela Duckett, Head of Music, who is keen to see the choir do more external performances and make a return visit to the nursing home.
“It was a pleasure to sing at the Willows Nursing Home in Darlaston. The Grace Academy Choir had a very warm welcome and wonderful experience singing to, and with, the residents. The ‘Weather Medley’ was especially enjoyed by all and it was fantastic to see students join together with members of the community of Darlaston through singing. We would love to visit again in the near future for another ‘joint’ performance!”
Pat Page, Manager of The Willows Nursing Home added:
“Children from Grace Academy came and sang in their choir and our residents were absolutely thrilled. We wish them all the luck in the future with their choir and we’d like them to come back very soon.”
The students performing in the Grace Academy Darlaston choir were April Fry, Abigail Fry, Evie-Mae Foster, Vito Costello, Rose Ilsley, Rebecca McEachran, Lewis Barford, Rhys Barford, Taleka Taylor, Jack Taylor, Katie Yates, and Kayla Allen.