Singing plays a key role in this Windsor retirement village
What began during the early stages of the lockdown last year when residents sang from their terraces and balconies quickly turned into a resident choir.
Residents of Castle View have formed the new choir to help tackle the group’s loneliness during the pandemic.
Formed at the end of 2020 when they could get together, the choir made its debut on Christmas Eve with the participation of 15 apartment owners from the retirement village.
“The benefits to attendees are increased tenfold,” said Castle View conductor Ruth Wilson.
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“Men especially find that music and singing help fight loneliness, while other benefits include an increased sense of community and connection, the ability to make new friends while learning something new, and all with a good dose of fun and laughter.
“The choir also gives a real sense of purpose and success, while structuring its time. ”
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“We ended up with a wonderful community of singers, many of whom weren’t even living here in Castle View.”
Castle View Village Director Lisa Fisher said, “There are tremendous mental and well-being benefits of singing and being part of a choir.
“With many choirs having had to close, we knew there were those who lacked the company and the lifeline they offered.
“The choir was built on enthusiasm and laughter rather than professionalism, and anyone over 55 was welcome.
“Now that the lockdown is easing and people are coming out and moving again, the Zoom Choir has been downsized, but at its peak it was steadily attracting 15-20 regular members and over 4,000 views on its Facebook page – an excellent answer. ”