Did you know we have a community choir right on our doorstep that not only is literally signing their way into the hearts of our local Seniors?
The Serenata Singers is a community choir based in The Gap that performs regularly at local aged care facilities and at community events. They sing a variety of popular, traditional and show tunes that entertain local residents.
In 2020, the choir will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Desleigh Byrne, who has been part of the Serenata Singers for 10 years, said the 50-strong choir, with a four-part harmony, shows no signs of slowing down – with most members being seniors themselves.
‘New members can join at any time,’ said Ms Byrne.
‘No audition is necessary – an ability to read music is an advantage, but the main qualifications are an ability to carry a tune and a love of singing.’
In a recent survey of choir members, valued aspects of membership were identified as making and meeting friends, learning about music, providing entertainment for elderly people, and the thrill of public performance. Additionally, studies have shown that choral singing decreases stress, anxiety and depression and improves physical health in various ways.
‘There are so many benefits to what we do, not only do we come together in a social setting and have fun with our friends but in turn get the chance to entertain seniors and see the smiles on their faces.
‘Music and singing is a very powerful form of therapy and we have seen a number dementia patients who will mouth the words to the songs they remember and become responsive to the music by tapping their feet and picking up the rhythm.’
The choir rehearses weekly on Monday evenings at The Gap Uniting Church. If you would like to join the choir or would like more information please visit https://serenatasingers.org.au/