Loveworks aims to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable groups of people in the area, from the elderly to the hungry. As part of their community outreach, Reigate Grammar School and Reigate St Mary’s joined forces with the Reigate based charity on 26th January to perform a concert for elderly people in the community.
RGS Head of Choral Music, Tali Glynne-Jones devised a wonderful programme of songs which were beautifully performed by the RGS Godfrey Searle Choristers (made up of students from both RGS and RSM) at St Mary’s Church Centre. Local elderly residents were invited and the concert was accompanied by a delicious afternoon tea donated by Harrison catering. It was served by student volunteers from RGS who, along with the RGS and RSM choristers, chatted with the audience during performance intervals. The concert ended with a group ‘sing-a-long’ to some well-known wartime classics which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
The charity received additional support from the RGS third and fourth form students who braved the January cold the following week to collect donations for the Loveworks foodbank from members of the public on Reigate High St.
Lesley Nicholson and Priya Nair, who coordinate community outreach at both schools are delighted with the success of the projects undertaken so far which reflect the growing links between RGS, RSM and the wider community.
Lesley Nicholson says, ‘ Our students really enjoyed chatting with the elderly audience at the concert and benefit hugely from being part of such a lovely community event. We are looking forward to further joint projects with Loveworks.’
Headmaster of Reigate St Mary’s, Marcus Culverwell, says ‘We are always looking for ways to help children give back more than they take from society as part of their education for social responsibility. The sharing of music for the pleasure of older members of the local community was enjoyable and beneficial for everyone involved’