Precious Homes’ Choir Steal the Show
11 Jan 2019
This month our team award goes to Precious Homes’ newly established Choir who stole the show at Precious Homes’ 2018 annual awards ceremony in December. Officially nominated by Louise Thomson, the choir also received praise by many other team members attending the ceremony: commending their professionalism and passion. Here we find out more!
The choir has recently been established in Birmingham, headed up by Karen Gill and Suzanne Hemming and including individuals and team members from local services Falcon Mews and Robins View.
Karen Gill explains: “I used to be in a choir and Suzanne has a real passion for drama and singing, so when we heard that many of the people we support also love to sing we came up with idea of starting our very own Precious Homes Choir!”
The group have been meeting weekly for practices over the past few months and have already taken part in a number of performances, most recently at a local elderly care home in their community and heading up the entertainment at Precious Homes’ annual awards event.
Karen adds: “The dedication from every person has been amazing. Some of the individuals have Autistic Spectrum Condition and can become overwhelmed due to their sensory needs However, they were not phased by any of the events, taking it all in their stride and achieving their own personal successes along the way.”
This has included some of the individuals performing solos and special praise go to Biddy who communicates mainly via Makaton but recently completed her very own solo rendition of her favourite song ‘Feed the World’.
Karen explains: “This was just amazing to see. She was fantastic and it was a real proud moment for herself and her team.”
The group were officially nominated in our monthly awards by Louise Thomson, who added: “Karen and Suzanne’s hard work in developing the Precious Homes Choir have been commendable, and their efforts certainly paid off. They sacrifice their own time to organise rehearsals and have made the experience really enjoyable for every individual involved. It really has been an example of OUTSTANDING inclusive practice, and got us all in the Christmas spirit!”
The choir are now being booked for future events – with their next performance taking place at Mulberry Courts open day in January.
Well done to the whole choir!