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Bringing the gift of music to seniors

We were very excited to perform for the seniors at Westmeath this week. We have been practising lots of Christmas carols for our music ensembles and everyone wore their Santa hats. It was nice going in to see them all.

We had our BHS musicians from both primary and secondary with us, plus lots of parents who helped to put our music stands and instruments in their cars to transport them.

Our music teacher, Derek Tully, told us that senior citizens love to hear music that they listened to when they were children, so we picked our music very carefully.

Zavia and I started off with Away in a Manger and Jingle Bells and we got lots of applause for that from the audience.

Then our other ensembles of violins, flutes, clarinets and saxophones began to play other Christmas carols, including well-known favourites such as Silver Bells, Holly Jolly Christmas and The First Noel.

The seniors were very pleased and some were able to sing along with us.

Our last piece was Silent Night, after which our principal, Linda Parker, came forward to let us know that one of the residents in the audience was a former student at Bermuda High School who was celebrating her 98th birthday in December. Her name was Mrs Molly Dallas, and we all sang Happy Birthday to her.

We had a lovely time performing for the Westmeath residents and hopefully we shall return with more music for them at Easter!

Hitting the right note: the musical students from BHS at Westmeath, where they performed for the residents

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Published December 24, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm)

Bringing the gift of music to seniors

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