Music in Wrexham is just the right medicine


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

THE wonders of Wrexham and music have been prescribed to schoolchildren and residents of a care home by Dr Song.

Youngsters from the town’s Victoria CP School joined with residents of Pendine Park’s Hillbury House care home, for the performance by the musician – otherwise known as composer Stacey Blythe.

The bilingual event, held in the home’s chapel, was part of Welsh National Opera’s Wonder Wagon initiative and the Singing Doctors project.

Pendine Park is a Gold Community champion for its support of the WNO and its ground-breaking three-year community project in Wrexham.

Photos of the residents and children, posing in picture frames, will go on display in the town later this year as part of the scheme.

Stacey – who brought along her harp, accordion and a host of instruments for the residents to play – said: “These sessions are some of the most special workshops that I have been involved in.

“I am constantly surprised by the reaction for the residents, the power of music to move them is so beautiful.”

Annice Thomas, 80, said she loved taking part in the event.

“Music is essential to the people of Wales. I used to do recitation when I was younger and I’ve really enjoyed taking part in this.

“I was able to try Stacey’s harp, and I’ve never done anything like that before.”

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