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Our Christmas concert in action

Music teacher and choir specialist Bronwyn Hendy, with the support of the Sydney Welsh Choir, set up a Good Life Chorus as a dementia-friendly community choir in the Ryde area. The choir is open to anyone who loves to sing, and has a special focus on bringing the joy of music to people living with dementia, and their carers and supporters.

Rehearsals are at the West Ryde Community Centre, 3-5 Anthony Rd, West Ryde on Wednesdays, 1.30-2.40pm.

Accompanist Malcolm at the keyboard during our Christmas concert

Mrs Hendy, who moved from Canberra in 2016, has modeled the group on Canberra’s “Alchemy Chorus”. To see an ABC News report on “Alchemy Chorus”, click here

Singing together is a fun activity which reduces stress, lowers perceptions of pain and reduces symptoms of depression, and group singing has been shown to improve quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers.

Conductor Bronwyn and assistant Jemma lead the choir

Funding support was given by the Australian National Choral Association and NSW Family and Community Services, through their “Sing Your Age” grants; and equipment was funded by Ability Links NSW, Uniting and the NSW Government.