Sing-along Roadshow to bring generations together in song

A Sing-along Roadshow is to be launched to bring young and older generations together in song in Shrewsbury.

The roadshow, which is open to all members of the community, will launch in Bicton Heath on July 12 before moving to Sutton Farm on July 18 and Bayston Hill on July 24.

People of all ages are being invited to take part in the free roadshow which has been organised by Shropshire Music Service, the charity Parkinson’s UK and home care company Home Instead Senior Care Shrewsbury Ludlow and Oswestry.

School choirs and choral groups are also taking part in the roadshow. It will be held at Bicton Heath Primary School, in Bicton Lane, Bicton Heath, on Thursday July 12 from 2pm-4pm; at St Giles Church Hall, in Sutton Way, Sutton Farm, on Wednesday July 18, 2pm-4.30pm; and at Bayston Hill Methodist Church, Lansdowne Road, Bayston Hill, on Tuesday July 24, from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.

The Bicton school choir will take part in the first event, Mereside School Choir will be singing at the St Giles Church Hall event and Shrewsbury choir Of One Accord will sing at the third event in Bayston Hill.

The choirs will each perform some songs before leading a sing-along of traditional favourites, such as Vera Lynn hits. Tea, coffee and cake will also be served and funds raised will go to Parkinson’s UK.

It is hoped the Roadshow will mark the first of regular monthly Sing-a-long events and will lead to the formation of a new inter-generational community choir in Shrewsbury.

Alison Stevens, of Shropshire Music Service, said she hoped as many people as possible to would come along and go home feeing happier and uplifted.

“Singing is good for us. It stimulates the feel-good hormone serotonin which makes us feel happy and energised. And being part of a singing group is known to have a positive effect on health and wellbeing,” she said.

Rachael Birchall, of Home Instead Senior Care, said singing could improve the quality of life for older people by bringing communities together and providing mental stimulation which was good for the brain.

“Research shows that older people get a lot of mental and social stimulation from singing and interacting with younger people. Singing is very powerful for lifting mood and getting people engaged. It makes everybody happy,” she said.

“We’re hoping to form a community choir and continue to meet on a monthly basis. Anybody from the local community is welcome to join us.”

Alison Knott, of Parkinson’s UK Cheshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire, added that singing was even known to have a positive effect on the brain to help with symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and dementia.