Trust Choir performs with Hallé Orchestra in piece of ‘Hope’

The Trust’s choir, ‘Our Voice’, is one of a number of workplace choirs in the North of England to take part in a choir programme with the Hallé, Manchester’s prestigious award-winning orchestra.

In these difficult times, people’s mental health and morale is being truly stretched and tested. The reality of working from home has affected a huge number of people, many of whom are now more isolated because of the pandemic.

The need for the Arts to bringing joy, relief and hope, as well as a sense of community, has never been so great. The award-winning Hallé Workplace Choir programme, which has been running across the North of England for the past ten years, went online this year to help engage, entertain and support staff working in difficult conditions.

The Hallé’s annual competition held in times before social distancing, was replaced with the Hallé’s family of workplace choirs coming together to record a newly-commissioned piece by composer Ollie Lambert, aptly entitled ‘Hope’.
The Trust’s choir were one of the groups to take part. You can watch the performance here.

Kerry Lyons, Admiral Nurse and a member of the NHS Bolton Our Voice Choir says:

‘Singing just lifts you up; it is something for you, an hour just for you, and you can come together and have fun, and not take it too seriously. Sometimes we come into our sessions on a low ebb feeling emotional or stressed, but you never feel like that afterwards. It has become a highlight in our week: we look forward to it and feel better after it.’

Aileen Wiswell, MBE, Whitehall Campus Programme Lead, Cabinet Office and member of the Hallé Board:

‘Music not only provides a source of pleasure but has recorded psychological benefits. A passionate and powerful medium that can lift your spirits, engage your mind reduce stress and improve your memory … It is recognised as being beneficial to both emotional and physical wellbeing.’

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