This is a joint concert with the Overgate Hi-Notes and will be an uplifting evening of music with an emphasis on the new hope of Spring and the new year.
As the dark days of winter give way to the lighter, warmer days of spring, we look forward to nature’s awakening and the promise of renewal and better days ahead.
This theme is reflected in our Hope Springs in Song concert. The music has been selected to be uplifting, positive and life-affirming. Music can have a transformative effect. It can chime with our inner-most hopes and fears, and stir emotions in a way that other mediums cannot. We hope that you will find our concert to be inspiring, energising and, above all, enjoyable.
We are delighted to be joined, for this concert, by the Hospice Hi-Notes. The Hi-Notes were a ‘pop-up’ choir set up in 2010 by Overgate’s psychotherapist, Marica Binns, for a one-off performance at a staff concert. The singers enjoyed themselves so much. That Eilidh Gunson (originally a doctor at the hospice and now working in a voluntary capacity) agreed to take over the choir as the musical director and keep them singing.
The Hi-Notes choir is made up of staff, volunteers and supporters from Overgate Hospice and provides an opportunity, not only to enjoy the music, but to support each other through personal highs and lows as well as through the inevitable challenges of hospice work. They see themselves very much as a family! They enjoy a wide range of musical styles, some of which you will hear during the concert.
The choir regularly perform at hospice events, as well as offering independent concerts for groups including local churches, the Women’s Institute and Retirement Homes. They are particularly privileged to be able to sing for the Overgate Carer’s group during the course of the year and, on occasions, to perform for patients and families on the inpatient unit.
They’ve enjoyed collaborative concerts with the Elland Male Voice Choir and the Greetland, Stainland and Ripponden Community Choir and are now immensely looking forward to this new venture.
This is the first time that our two choirs have performed together in the same concert, which is surprising given our common links to Overgate. We are sure that this is the start of a beautiful friendship with many more collaborations in the future.