On Monday 2nd December over 200 people crowded into Bilston Town Hall to enjoy the voices of The Seasonal Singers, a group of people who are living with a diagnosis of dementia. The group, who started singing together in October, were well versed and ready for their grand performance having practiced on a weekly basis under the expert supervision of John Read from the Trust's Dementia Pathway Team, who also happens to be the resident organist and Choir Master.
Opening the concert with Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The Seasonal Singers, who were supported by members of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Parish Church choir, children from the Holy Trinity Primary School and accompanied by children from St. Thomas Moore Secondary School, raised the roof with their festive carols.
Claire Sanders-Smith, the daughter of one of the Seasonal Singers said, "This afternoon has been an uplifting and joyous afternoon. Coming to this type of gathering not only helps my Father who has recently been diagnosed with dementia, but also helps my Mother who, in a very short space of time, has had to become a full time carer."
Julie Taylor, Service Manager for Older Adult Mental Health Services in Wolverhampton said "The Seasonal Singers sang beautifully and in harmony with the children and choir. Events such as this demonstrate that the group, despite having a diagnosis of dementia, are all still people, with individual characters and stories to tell. Thank you and well done to everyone involved for making this such a special afternoon."