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Our Christmas concert in action

Music teacher and choir specialist Bronwyn Hendy, with the support of the Sydney Welsh Choir, has set up a new 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, 1.30-2.30pm.

Accompanist Malcolm at the keyboard during our Christmas concert

Mrs Hendy, who recently moved back to the district after 20 years in Canberra, has modeled the group on Canberra’s “Alchemy Chorus”, which was formed late last year with around 50 singers. 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 has been received from the Australian National Choral Association and NSW Family and Community Services, through their “Sing Your Age” grants; and equipment has been funded by Ability Links NSW, Uniting and the NSW Government.