Everyone’s a winner at Jewish Care’s Sing Off

10 Apr 2019

13 choirs from Jewish Care’s homes and community centres took part in the 5th annual Sing Off at Jewish Care’s Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. Over 190 people enjoyed lunch together before their performances, entertaining and impressing judges, who included the organisation’s Chief Executive, Daniel Carmel Brown, RJCC volunteer, Anita Frankle and Jonny West. The award to the overall winners went to Vi & John Rubens House with their original composition, All About Us, performed with musicians from Wigmore Hall’s Music for Life, as part of their two year residency.

Freda Goodall, part of winning Vi & John choir said “I've enjoyed today and the choir rehearsals a lot. I was a member here at RJCC and used to get up there and sing on the stage a few years ago. The Wigmore Hall Music for Life musicians come to the home every Tuesday and Sunday for the choir sessions and we all sing well together.”

Louisa Brewer, also a resident at the home, added, “It was wonderful. All the participants were very good. This is my first time being in a choir, the rehearsals and the Sing Off get everybody together to sing. Of course, the star of all this for us is our social care coordinator, Jacklin Stephenson, she makes it all happen.”

Wigmore Hall musician, Janell Yeo, who has assisted and played with the winning choir, said, "I thought it was absolutely brilliant today. I'm really proud of our choir, as they did so well, but also of everyone who took the time to rehearse and come here. It's so great for their health and social life. I really enjoyed it and it’s easy to see that you can connect with everyone through music.”

Choirs were in fine voices and enjoyed joining in with the acts with the song book that had been created especially for the event. The Most Glam Award went to The Singing Princesses from Princess Alexandra Home who donned tiaras and princess T-shirts whilst Edgware Jewish Community Centre’s Consider Yourself, received the Most Competitive Choir award with their rewrite of We are Family. The Balc-onies won the Best Themed Award, Hyman Fine home in Brighton received Best Effort with their video entry of Red Sails over Sunset. RJCC’s Supportive Communities Tea Party won the Best Choregraphed Song with Que Sera Sera. Last year’s winners, RJCC’s Sinclair Singers received the most original composition with their version of Side by Side.

At the end of the competition, Chief Executive, Daniel Carmel-Brown, said "It was very difficult for us to judge but happily everyone's a winner. I'd like to say a big congratulations to the overall winners and thank you to everyone for participating. A special thanks goes to the staff team, volunteers and members at RJCC who made everyone feel so welcome today. “We know that being part of a choir enhances well being. Singing together at this annual event is an uplifting opportunity for older people in our homes and community centres to express their creativity and share their enjoyment together."