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Appleby Care Home Christmas Visit

As part of Glyn’s Community Outreach programme, students from Carew and Merton Houses paid a visit to Appleby Care Home in Epsom to entertain the elderly residents with Christmas carols, musical performances and mince pies.

The choir was made up of Nicholas Katsikaris and Benjamin Sindall (7 Carew), Leo Cowley and Liam Fitzgerald (7 Merton), Sam Sanday and Alex Van Niekerk (8 Merton), Toby Appleyard and Owen McKenzie (9 Carew), Shaker Hasan and Ricardo Paulo (10 Carew), and Nathan Lee and Pete Reynolds Mhando (10 Merton).

Over the course of a wonderful hour, the students sang a mixture of uptempo and classic carols, including Hark the  Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Away in a Manger and Ding Dong Merrily On High, and a particularly rousing version of Santa Claus is Coming To Town, accompanied by Pete Reynolds Mhando and Nathan Lee on ukuleles,  which really got toes tapping amongst the full-to-capacity room of residents.

During intervals between singing, as the students mingled, chatted and handed out mince pies, solo instrumental  performances provided a backdrop mix of modern and classic pieces. Soloists were very warmly received, and included Nathan Lee on Piano, Owen McKenzie on Piano, Tom Appleyard on trumpet, and Sam Sanday on saxophone. Sam also performed a piece on piano that was so moving that it prompted one of the guests to ask for his name as ‘one to watch’.

One of the many highlights of the visit came when one of the residents, herself a professional singer with television  experience, joined the students on stage and led them in a particularly poignant rendition of Silent Night. When the audience themselves took up the choruses, Mr Scorgie and I realised we were in the middle of a truly special moment as the generations united in their celebration of Christmas.

Mr McIntyre, Merton Head of House