"I have always loved singing and as I suffer with Parkinsons, since i joined With Music In Mind it has given me more confidence to enjoy singing again. I have made a lot of friends and beside the music I enjoy other things that is put on for us such as quiz's and other entertainment. With Music In Mind has made a big difference to my life and I look forward to Monday mornings." Graham Page, aged 81.
"I am enjoying the singing and company. I look forward to coming regularly." Miriam Sutton, aged 93.
"As a newcomer to Cowbridge I looked for an opportunity to meet people and to sing for pleasure. I had been feeling a little isolated and knew few people. This group has provided the perfect solution for me. You do not need to have a great singing voice - merely a love of music. I feel much more confident now and energised after each session. My life has been changed for the better and I never feel isolated. The effort and kindness of the organisers is marvellous - we are so fortunate to have them and our conductor/pianist. They also organise excellent social activities." Anonymous, aged 86.
"Belonging to a singing groups was a new experience for me and it sounded fun. The fact you didn't have to audition, read music or even 'sing' (or I have never joined) was a big plus. I really look forward to to my Friday morning singing. We have gelled into a nice friendly group and always leave feeling joyful. A big thank you to Kate and Sarah for giving up their time to organise this and for Meryn for making it such an enjoyable experience. I would recommend With Music In Mind to anyone as it is a joyful, uplifting experience and you get to meet new people". Pam Evans, aged 72.
"We're a slightly dotty lot who have a thoroughly enjoyable time every Friday morning come rain or shine, starting with an hour's singing of a great variety of songs, new and old. Our star accompanist must be complimented for her research and presentation of these pieces. This is always followed by an eagerly awaited cup of tea or coffee and a delicious spread of cakes, biscuits and fruit (presented by the organisers) before the second half of the morning. Our two organisers have arranged guest entertainment of a high order, quizzes, mini talks on specialist subjects and sometimes just a good opportunity for a good natter. If anyone feels a bit down before coming then it can be virtually guaranteed they will leave with a lighter step. Why not join us for a dose of musical therapy?". Nigel Lewis.
"I live in the rural vale and there are not many opportunities to meet people, so I was a bit isolated. With Music In Mind has provided a new circle of friends and an unthreatening opportunity to sing. I always look forward to the weekly sessions and really miss it when we have a break. I have made two or three good new friends whom I have been meeting away from With Music In Mind". Anonymous, aged 69.
"With Music In Mind is a special time. Choirs can be stuffy but not this one, and because we're all around the same age - we have a lot in common. It's like having friends on your doorstep. It's good to be part of it". Patricia Payne, aged 66.
"The group is happy and kind, we have music and it is a high point of the week. We laugh quite a lot". Anonymous, aged 70.
"I thought of joining With Music In Mind as I was always a music lover but never sang, so it was such a lovely group with our super girls that look after us so well. It's just nice to chat with people you know and others you've got to know since joining". Hazel Isaac, aged 80.
"It has made a difference in my life. Fridays can't come too soon". Madeline Phillips, aged 75.
If you’re at a loose end
On a Friday morn
Come along to the Duke
For a ‘sing along’
There you’ll find a mixed group
With not much more to do
People maybe from your past
Old friends. some new
Meryn is a sheer delight
To get us into gear
Old songs, new ones
Most familiar to your ear.
When we’ve sung for an hour.
Time passes very fast!
We’ll stop for refreshments
So hunger does not last!
Time to chat and gossip
Have coffee or tea
Then entertainment follows
With varied acts to see
A pleasant morning has passed
Fulfilling and fun
So if you can sing just a little
We’d love you to come
I’d like to give thanks
To Meryn, Sarah, Kate
Who give up so much thought and time
To make each Friday morning
A very special date