Published on 27th May 2020

A Runcorn choir is taking its sessions online during the Coronavirus pandemic thanks to funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner David Keane.

Runcorn Community Choir will continue to provide musical activities to choir members during the pandemic via an online platform and provide technical and emotional support.

The choir, which usually meets for weekly rehearsals and regularly performs in care homes, had ceased all activity. The group will now be able to provide CDs, print music sheets to be posted and deliver online members meetings to those in self-isolation.

A large majority of the members are vulnerable due to age or health issues with many having to shield or self-isolate during the outbreak which had led to them feeling socially isolated.

The choir will now be able to provide activities, offer technical assistance and enable members to meet safely online via Zoom meetings. Members will now be able to connect and start making music once more.

Kath Wurbacher, chair of Runcorn Community Choir, said: “We are very grateful for this support from PCC David Keane.

“It seems likely that it will be some time before we are able to meet as normal for our rehearsals so this money will help us to keep our choir together in a virtual way, supporting our choir members so that we can look forward to resuming our performances for the people of Runcorn and surrounding areas.”

PCC David Keane said: “It’s great to see Runcorn Community Choir thinking of different ways to keep their sessions running and to support their members.

“Community groups like this provide a vital support network to many residents in Cheshire. The pandemic has resulted in people losing that support and becoming isolated physically and mentally.

“I hope the online sessions provide a welcome distraction for members before they are able to resume their usual sessions in the future.”