Young choir cheers rest home residents

Fingers were clicking and feet were tapping during a Terrace End School choir's performance in Palmerston North.

A dozen primary school pupils sang for residents at the Julia Wallace Retirement Village in Milson yesterday.

The ensemble, singers aged between 7 and 11, presented an eight-piece programme in the dementia lounge.

Choral styles were wide-ranging and included the children's song Old MacDonald Had a Farm and the Beatles' song Yellow Submarine.

The Sound of Music show song Do-Re-Mi, Kiwi folk song Pokarekare Ana and the well-known tune You Are My Sunshine were also sung.

Choir convenor Gael Donoghue said the audience was delighted with the performance, with residents recognising a number of the songs and some dancing along in their chairs.

The show was so well received an additional performance was called for by residents elsewhere in the village. "It all went well, and they loved the old songs that some hadn't heard for a while," she said.

The choir practises once a week, with Donoghue playing piano for the group.

Manawatu Standard