On Monday 28th July, the Brisbane Rapid Relief Team junior choir (students from Agnew School Brisbane’s Vocal Group) travelled to the E.M. Tooth Memorial Home, to perform. The residents welcomed them with great excitement. After a short introduction, the choral group performed their repertoire. The first performance was Agnew School’s Song, an original composition by the students, named Learning to Learn (the school Motto). With many more hymns and inspiring songs following, 45 minutes quickly disappeared.

Songs performed:

Learning to Learn (original composition)

Power in the Blood

When We Were Young

Are You Washed/Some Bright Morning medley

I Won’t Give Up

Amazing Grace

Stop and Stare

Ten Thousand Angels

The residents and nursing staff showed their great enjoyment with applause, cheering, dancing and profuse thanks at the conclusion of each piece. Some residents also sang along to the hymns, and one later commented that it reminded her of going to church.

Following the performance, the members of the choir took time to interact with the residents. They enjoyed the benefit of experience and the amusing anecdotes related to them.  The audience was very appreciative to the students for brightening their day in such an enjoyable way.

Residents and staff gave positive feedback about the maturity and respect the students displayed the beautiful harmonies, and the polite and engaging manner of those involved. The nursing home encouraged the group to come back soon.

The choir and Rapid Relief Team Brisbane would like to thank the E.M. Tooth Memorial Home for the invitation to perform for their residents. One student commented “It gives all of us great pleasure to help the elderly, and we value their tales and advice!”

The Brisbane Rapid Relief Team junior choir left encouraged and motivated to keep improving and developing their repertoire in preparation for their next performance, and the satisfaction of furthering the Rapid Relief Team’s goals of Community, Compassion and Support. A great time was had by all!

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