Band offers free concerts to help those experiencing loneliness

February 26 2018
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A SOUTH Gloucestershire band is planning to give a series of free concerts to help tackle the problem of loneliness and isolation.

A SOUTH Gloucestershire band is planning to give a series of free concerts to help tackle the problem of loneliness and isolation.

Westerly Showband said music had a beneficial effect on a range of physical, mental and social disorders and, with loneliness also experienced by some people, felt it could do something about it.

Members of the band’s board are now seeking help from local charities and community organisations so the concerts can take place throughout the district.

They need a suitable venue for each performance, such as a hall or church, which could be hired at a low rate or given free.

They also require help with setting up for the concerts, ushering and providing refreshments, as well as getting those without transport to the event.

Chris Harris, the band’s musical director, said: “The band will provide a programme of much loved musical favourites from days gone by that everyone will know.

“There will even be a few sing-along specials, not to mention a few numbers where audiences can sway, wave their arms, clap their hands and even dance a few steps.”

He said the singing would be led by the band’s resident singer, Alexandra Denman, well known for her contribution to light opera, opera and musical comedy in the Bristol area.

Anyone interested in the offer should either email cgharris320@btinternet.com or phone 0117 956 1950.