SMILING SESSIONS COVID-19
With the effects of COVID-19 still very much with us, we are delighted to launch a second series of our virtual sing a long project.
During the crisis our Sessions have safely reached thousands of isolated senior citizens living in sheltered or care accommodation across the U.K, supporting their wellbeing through music and singing. Now as we continue to live in uncertain times, we hope our project will help support everyone who is still shielding or cut off as a result of the pandemic.
DID YOU KNOW...?
For 10 years, our Smiling Sessions offered live participatory, high quality singing experiences for older people in care homes and social housing in deprived areas of London. Our participatory singing sessions helped residents to become more integrated, stay healthy and keep active.
When Covid struck, we moved our sessions online; now it wasn’t just older people, but people of all ages who were cut off. We were keener than ever to harness the power of music and singing to support wellbeing and mental health.
Although the lock down has lifted, many people are still confined with little or no access to the outside world; some with no phones, or other internet-dependent devices.
In order to make our Sessions as accessible as possible, we have created an easy to use app – www.smilingsessions.com- where there is a video jukebox (with on screen lyrics) of all the songs we produce.
The sessions are performed by our fabulous professional musicians, Pete Baikie, Neil Herd and Alison Jones and we’re delighted to be joined in our second series by another wonderful line up of celebrity guest singers.
We hope that our weekly ‘celebrity’ sing a long Smiling Sessions will raise awareness of the power of song and the impact singing has on health, well-being and mindfulness, no matter what your age may be. We also want to build an awareness with the public of the terrible isolation many people are still experiencing.
If you have been inspired to support our ever-growing project, please consider making a donation.
Latest SMILING session
Session 15, Series 2, Basil Brush – Christmas Extravaganza!
Session 14, Series 2, Christopher Biggins – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Session 13, Series 2, RSC Choir – The Christmas Song
Session 12, Series 2, Merril Osmond – Love Me For A Reason
Session 11, Series 2, Sacha Puttnam – Can’t Help Falling in Love
Session 10, Series 2, Tribute to Dame Vear Lynn – We’ll Meet Again