BBC Music Day in a very special location
The Games Maker Choir enjoyed BBC Music Day 2019 in a very special place, with some very special people.
The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire is a warm, inviting and inspiring place, where incredible work is carried out day by day to help patients living with many types of spinal chord injury.
The Centre was founded by Dr Ludwig Guttman in 1944 to treat injured service men and women, introducing sport as an important part of patients’ treatment and rehabilitation and organising a competition in July 1948 to coincide with the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games that year. The Stoke Mandeville Games for wheelchair athletes began and was widely seen as the moment that the Paralympic movement was born.
Read more about the new National Paralympic Heritage Trust Centre at Stoke Mandeville here
As the Choir for Sport, we were delighted to join patients and staff of Buckinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust and Chiltern Music Therapy on the 26 September 2019 to celebrate BBC Music Day with singing, music, fun, laughter and not a little emotion. The 25 strong choir, led by Christopher Killerby visited wards, refectory and gym throughout the morning, in impromptu ‘flashmob’ style, singing “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”, being rewarded by many smiling faces of patients and the hard working staff too.
Following an impromptu game of the Paralympic Sport, Boccia, with some of the young patients, the afternoon was taken up with rehearsals, where we were joined by more choir members and several of the children and Music Therapy staff, who learned the inspiring song “Why We Sing” with us. This proved to be a great hit in the ‘mini concert’ later that afternoon, where we were joined enthusiastically by many more patients and staff. It was a real joy to see so many people singing along with the choir and accompanying us on all sorts of percussion instruments.
BBC Music Day 2019 is all about: “Focusing on music & wellbeing,……using the power of music to inspire and bring people together to make a positive impact”
Our day certainly seemed to have the desired effect, on choir and event organisers as well as patients and staff. More than one member of the choir has stated that, of all the wonderful choir experiences we’ve enjoyed so far, this has been the most profound and memorable. This is – after all, “Why We Sing”
Margaret - September 29, 2019