Music can help halt loneliness, says band

January 29 2018

WESTERLY Showband has started the year on a high note by launching a plan to increase its community involvement.

WESTERLY Showband has started the year on a high note by launching a plan to increase its community involvement.

The band says it wants to play a part in helping tackle loneliness and isolation as music has beneficial effect on a range of physical, mental and social disorders.

The plan is to stage a series of free concerts with a programme of much-loved musical favourites from days gone by that everyone will know. There will also be sing-along specials and “action” numbers which encourage audiences to sway, wave their arms, clap their hands and even dance a few steps.

The singing will be led by the band’s resident singer, Alexandra Denman, well known for her contribution to light-opera, opera and musical comedy in the Bristol area.

To make all this happen the band’s board is seeking help from local charities and community organisations to organise audience parties and get them to the concerts.

It is looking for anyone who can provide or organise: 

• A  church, hall or other suitable venue, free or at a reduced rent if possible

• Transport facilities

•  Help with setting up the hall

• Ushering

• Providing or selling refreshments

• Fundraising

An invitation is open to musicians or musical groups who wish to take part in some way.

Musical director Chris Harris said: "The Band for its part will provide the music and deal with publicity and fundraising.

"We do know that there are people out there who recognise the needs of this particular group of people and would like to help in some way. If you, and hopefully some of your friends, are among those then please get in touch."

To can contact Chris by calling 0117 956 1950, emailing cgharris320@btinternet.com or via the website www.westerlyshowband.com