A packed audience filled the pews in St John's Church, Boxmoor on Saturday evening, 23rd of March, to savour Bob Chilcott's 'The Voyage' performed by Aeolian Singers, Dacorum Community Choir, Sandringham School choir and an instrumental ensemble from St Albans School.
It was an intergenerational concert where young and old sang together. The Voyage, written in conjunction with poet Charles Bennett, has been designed to be performed by choirs of different ages. It was written as part of a project to end loneliness (Campaign to End Loneliness).
Rufus Frowde, conductor of Dacorum Community Choir, at a Radio Dacorum interview a few days before the performance said: "It is an amazing collaboration between us Dacorum Community Choir, Aeolian Singers and children from Sandringham school and some instrumentalist from St Albans schools. It is a fantastic piece by Bob Chilcott and it was commissioned by Age UK (Oxfordshire). It looks at various issues regarding age from the eyes of someone going through the challenges that older age brings to them. It is a wonderful powerful piece and it is great to have so many musical forces coming together."
Boxmoor Good Neighbours provide practical and emotional help to older people living in Boxmoor who are lonely, unwell, disabled or are facing a crisis especially those who do not have family or live alone. It is run entirely by volunteers and supported by Age UK Dacorum. Help provided include travel (medical appointments, shopping, collecting prescription, etc), practical help with reading/writing letters, simple garden maintenance, etc. Boxmoor good neighbours have volunteers who will provide companionship with home visits or phone calls.