On Monday, 20 November on a dark and damp winter afternoon we treated 75 older people to a concert with a difference, voices of angels – an incredible choral experience they’ll never forget thanks to a new charity partnership with Reigate Grammar School which will see Loveworks and the school working together for the greater good of the community.
The school approached the charity last summer and asked if Loveworks would be happy to coordinate an event which would reach out to an older audience who may be lonely or socially isolated to give them an opportunity to hear the beautiful voices of the Reigate Grammar School Godfrey Searle Choir, which only just this year also includes girls.
The majority of the community made their own way to St Mary’s Church, but for those who struggled to get there the school very kindly organised transport. Our guests arrived to a warm welcome with Loveworks volunteers and representatives from both senior and junior schools helping to serve afternoon tea prior to the main event.
One guest, who introduced himself as David Purchase was proud to say “I wanted to hear the choir as I used to sing in the same choir some 40 years ago”.
Tali Glynne-Jones, choirmaster said “we practice twice every week and the concert has given the students a great opportunity to sing for an audience, it builds their confidence”.
The Sixth form students also took the time out of their busy schedule to organise a take away gift for our older guests and many were overwhelmed with this very thoughtful gesture.
On behalf of Loveworks charity, we would like to thank Reigate Grammar School community and The Godfrey Searle Choir for providing a wonderful concert with such beautiful voices.