Choir members record moving performance of original song to raise funds for Age UK

A SINGING community has joined together virtually to shine a light through the darkness and raise charity funds with their message of hope.

Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 4:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 4:57 pm

To keep members of his choirs in touch and working together, North End singing teacher Josh Robinson wrote a song inspired by lockdown for everyone to perform together.

Josh, who runs Encore Choirs in Petersfield and Farnham with his fiancee Gemma Ford, took on his first attempt at songwriting to produce Let Light, Let Love.

His aim was to use the power of music to connect people during these uncertain times, spreading a message of hope and showing music has the power to bring people together.

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Encore Choirs, based in Petersfield and Farnham, are run by Portsmouth resident Josh Robinson and his fiancee Gemma Ford. Members of the group recorded a virtual performance of Josh's song Let Light, Let Love to support Age UK. Pictured: A screen grab from the uplifting video

Josh, 24, said: ‘The project was in aid of Age UK, for those who are older and may not have the same and well-needed connections during this time. We want to ensure everyone is connected, and by using the power of music we can lift people’s spirits.’

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He added: ‘It all came together in a bit of a blur. What was really nice was I was able to connect with my family who live hours away and they all joined in.

‘I was really happy with all the people who had taken part and it gave me a buzz.’

Encore Choirs, based in Petersfield and Farnham, are run by Portsmouth resident Josh Robinson and his fiancee Gemma Ford. Members of the group recorded a virtual performance of Josh's song Let Light, Let Love to support Age UK. Pictured: Josh and Gemma

Encore Choirs opened in September last year, and it offers choirs and vocal tuition for anyone who loves to sing.

Josh said: ‘The good thing about our choir is that you don’t need to read music and anyone can join even if you’re not a singer. The main thing is that people enjoy themselves and come away with a smile.’

Sessions are being run online using the platform Zoom, on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 8.30 pm.

Passionate teacher Josh, who is looking to open a choir in Portsmouth when he can, said: ‘Our choirs are all the closest of friends and we love welcoming people into our choir family whether it be online or in person.’

Encore Choirs, based in Petersfield and Farnham, are run by Portsmouth resident Josh Robinson and his fiancee Gemma Ford. Members of the group recorded a virtual performance of Josh's song Let Light, Let Love to support Age UK. Pictured: A choir group performing together before they had to meet online

To help combat isolation, Josh has also been running an online coffee morning through Zoom on Saturdays which is open to anyone.

For more information, visit encorechoirs.co.uk or visit gf.me/u/yc3nbq to donate to Age UK.

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