A flash mob of 50 mature Cantabrians surprised shoppers at The Palms Mall last week when they performed Coldplay’s “Fix You”.
The singers were all members of Canterbury’s four Rockers of Ages Elders Choirs, which were set up after Canterbury’s earthquakes to provide an opportunity for older people to be part of something positive and fun.
Canterbury DHB health promoter Diane Shannon says that the choirs provide an opportunity for elders (and aspiring elders) to sing world and contemporary music in a fun and supportive environment.
“With all the stresses and disruptions caused by the earthquakes, it’s important that people have the opportunity to come together for positive activities that strengthen our community connections and resilience”, Ms Shannon says.
“The choirs are a great way to sing your way out of the earthquake blues.”
There are currently four choirs up and running in Canterbury – in Linwood, St Albans, Kaiapoi and Sumner – although people can attend from any part of the city. The choirs are part of the The Muse Community Music Trust in Christchurch and are supported by Hagley Community College and Community and Public Health (a division of the Canterbury District Health Board).
“There are no auditions for the choirs and everyone is welcome to join. If you think you can’t sing, you will be taught how to. If you have lost your voice you will be helped to get it back.”
As well as providing an enjoyable experience, the choirs could also have a positive effect on the health of participants in terms of improving people’s physical and mental health.
This week Community and Public Health completed an evaluation of the Rockers of Ages project which showed that participants greatly enjoyed both the singing and the social contact provided by the choirs. The evaluation concludes that the project has effectively lifted people’s spirits and provided participants with something positive to focus on after the earthquakes.The evaluation can be found here: www.cph.co.nz
Term three starts on July 17 and transport can also be arranged if needed. To find out more contact The Muse Community Music Trust