Choir celebrates first anniversary

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Choir celebrates first anniversary

The Isle of Wight NHS Nightingales.

A GROUP with a healthy interest in singing will celebrate its first birthday this month.

The Isle of Wight NHS Nightingales mark their first milestone with a celebratory concert at St Mary’s Hospital on Sunday April 27.

The group is made up entirely of current or retired staff and volunteers from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and was inspired by Gareth Malone’s BBC TV series, Sing While You Work, which aims to find the best workplace choir.

All levels of singing ability are represented in the 30-strong group, with some members having never publicly performed before joining the choir.

The choir’s musical director is Hannah Brear, who is also behind the Island’s successful Resonate youth group, and pianist Richard Wiseman accompanies performances.

The NHS Nightingales have already appeared at a number of important occasions, most notably at the NHS Trust Awards evening at Medina Theatre in November and have recently been awarded a grant from the Trust’s charitable funds committee for new choir uniforms, a keyboard and to help with concert fees and expenses.

A raffle will be held at their concert with half the proceeds going to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

All are welcome to attend the first anniversary concert at the Full Circle Restaurant at St Mary’s Hospital, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

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