Cantando Ensemble – True Colors Virtual Choir – and interview with their musical director

Cantando Ensemble - Image stock Ron Hill

Laura Dobson, the musical director for the Cantando Ensemble was the guest of Tony Williams

Like the rest of the world, the members of Cantando have been feeling the effects of lockdown.

On their Facebook site they said:

‘We are missing our weekly rehearsals, and we are worried about our children missing school and losing touch with their friends. This situation has made us think about young people with life limiting illnesses, for whom isolation is nothing new. Their medical needs can mean that they spend much of their time in hospital, missing school and making it hard to make and maintain meaningful friendships. But what is new for them is the terror.

‘We have been told time and again that children are not at risk from COVID-19, except for those with underlying health conditions. But what if your child is that exception? What if he is going through chemotherapy? What if she has a chronic lung disease? These young people and their families are now not only isolated from their friends, they are trapped in their homes, unable to step outside their front door. The simplest things, like picking up the post or receiving a shopping delivery, now have potentially life-threatening consequences, and they are having to face unimaginable decisions, weighing up which poses the greater risk: travelling to hospital or missing out on life-saving treatments.

‘At Cantando we believe that coming together over music can have powerful therapeutic effects, and while we cannot currently come together physically, we have come together virtually to record this song which we dedicate to the courageous young people and their families who are suffering with illness or disability whilst living under the shadow of COVID-19.

‘We also want to recognise those who are giving more practical support to these families at this especially difficult time, like A World with Friends, a charity which helps young people living with illness or disability to come together and make friends. It was founded by Lewis Hine, who realised that he could not be the only one feeling isolated and alone when years of hospital treatment meant he could not attend school’

For more information about how to support A World with Friends or to make a donation please visit their website:

www.aworldwithfriends.com and www.facebook.com/Aworldwithfriends/

Cantando Ensemble – True Colors

Like the rest of the world, the members of Cantando have been feeling the effects of lockdown. We are missing our weekly rehearsals, and we are worried about our children missing school and losing touch with their friends. This situation has made us think about young people with life limiting illnesses, for whom isolation is nothing new. Their medical needs can mean that they spend much of their time in hospital, missing school and making it hard to make and maintain meaningful friendships. But what is new for them is the terror. We have been told time and again that children are not at risk from COVID-19, except for those with underlying health conditions. But what if your child is that exception? What if he is going through chemotherapy? What if she has a chronic lung disease? These young people and their families are now not only isolated from their friends, they are trapped in their homes, unable to step outside their front door. The simplest things, like picking up the post or receiving a shopping delivery, now have potentially life-threatening consequences, and they are having to face unimaginable decisions, weighing up which poses the greater risk: travelling to hospital or missing out on life-saving treatments. At Cantando we believe that coming together over music can have powerful therapeutic effects, and while we cannot currently come together physically, we have come together virtually to record this song which we dedicate to the courageous young people and their families who are suffering with illness or disability whilst living under the shadow of COVID-19. We also want to recognise those who are giving more practical support to these families at this especially difficult time, like A World with Friends, a charity which helps young people living with illness or disability to come together and make friends. It was founded by Lewis Hine, who realised that he could not be the only one feeling isolated and alone when years of hospital treatment meant he could not attend school. For more information about how to support A World with Friends or to make a donation please visit their website:www.aworldwithfriends.com and www.facebook.com/Aworldwithfriends/

Posted by Cantando Ensemble on Friday, 24 April 2020