Good vibrations

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|Interactive music sessions in hampshire are drumming up a lot of enthusiasm. Story and photos by Lindsey Darking| Oboist Andrew Knights plays along to a backing track, to songs such as “Chatanooga Choo Choo”, “Irish Eyes are Smiling”, and “Summertime”. All around him, elderly residents of Bickerley Green residential home, in Ringwood, Hampshire ­ all holding scores of unusual world instruments ­ join in. A tiny woman, her back bent double when she crept into the room, now raises her head, smiling, as she taps the tambourine in her hand. The ladies from the nearby day centre, who never miss a session, sing along cheerfully as they shake maracas and wind chimes and beat their Balinese drums. A confused elderly man, with a bemused look on his face, tentatively rattles his African gourd shaker, while to the gentle sounds of birdsong, Andrew encourages individuals to create crescendos of gong like chimes with Tibetan brass bowls. Andrew¹s weekly interactive music sessions are part of a programme of arts, music

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