Our most rewarding project this year a ‘relaxed’ outreach concert, aimed at members of the wider Cambridge community who may struggle to attend mainstream concerts due to disabilities, behavioural disorders or mental health issues. This concert was the initiative of our Senior Organ Scholar, Laurence Carden, to whom we are incredibly grateful. Residents from Cambridge Manor and Hunters Down care homes were invited to enjoy a short musical recital in the Chapel. The concert was met with huge appreciation from the audience and subsequently featured in the Hunts Post newspaper. The Hunts Post reported that Pearl Ewing, the activities co-ordinator at the Hartford Road home, said:
“The choir performed in Sidney Sussex College Chapel which the residents thought was wonderful in itself to visit, admiring the beauty of the building inside and out.
“When the choir starting singing, it took our breath away. The young adults sang with the most harmonious voices that we have ever heard.”
Choir members stopped to speak to guests after the performance and were invited by residents to perform for others at Hunters Down.
Mrs Ewing added: “This is such a wonderful idea and maybe other choirs, drama schools, and academies will take up this innovation as well.”
We hope to make this an annual event.