FDAMH’s Freedom of Mind Choir have put on a brilliant performance at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, highlighting the immense wellbeing benefits of singing together. Friends from other choirs in the community joined them to raise their voices for wellbeing with a set that included well known songs from Bob Dylan, R Kelly and John Lennon.
A tremendous 85 singers in total gathered in the hospital on Wednesday 5th October – and those of whom came from other choirs had kindly joined us for rehearsals in September and on the day of the performance. It has been fantastic to bring people together from across the community like this and we’ve had great feedback from choir members who joined us, with one person commenting “This has been a great experience for me I’ve loved every minute of it!”
The audience had a brilliant reaction to our performance which marked World Mental Health Day 2016 and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. We also raised nearly Â£300 to help keep our choir going. Many thanks to everyone who came along!
Prior to the event Activity Coordinator Emily, and Choir Members Liz Reap and Morag Russell were invited to speak live on air with Jim Prentice at Radio Royal. Liz and Morag spoke enthusiastically about how much the choir means to them, also reading out poems and comments from fellow choir members highlighting the joys and benefits it has brought. In particular one member has highlighted how the song “I’m gonna do it all” performed by the choir is full of meaning, saying “Kim (Choir Leader) and Emily have helped us all so much more than they will ever know.”
We’d like to thank Jim and Radio Royal for their on-going interest in the work of FDAMH.
Lots of photos on our Facebook page (Falkirks Mental Health) and Instagram Account (@FDAMH_arts).