Nobody Should Be Alone at Christmas Time is a song written and produced for Independent Arts SingAbout groups by local musicians Jessica and Jason Paine in December 2016 and available to download this Christmas, too! All proceeds from the sale of the record will go back into helping socially isolated people on the Isle of Wight through the work of Independent Arts.
The song aims to highlight the benefits of Singing for Wellbeing and build awareness of social isolation in older people on the Isle of Wight and within all our communities as well as showcasing the work of the SingAbout Groups. Some of our participants have long term conditions such as dementia, lung conditions and depression; others are recovering from stroke or heart problems. Most come along to sessions because they love how singing makes them feel.
SingAbout promotes improved health and wellbeing through singing. Our groups also provide a community setting to help build new friendships and help reduce social isolation in older people on the Isle of Wight.
The SingAbout family has 10 regular groups on the Isle of Wight and is now joined by SingAbout: Singing for Breathing and SingAbout: Singing for Recovery (based at St Mary’s hospital). All our regular participants have been invited to sing the chorus and a few brave singers have sung solo parts in the verses. Over 400 SingAbout singers from across the Isle of Wight have been involved in producing this song.
SingAbout Project Manager Hannah Griffiths said:
“It has been heart-warming to give our SingAbout participants the opportunity to be part of something as exciting as recording a Christmas Song. All the groups have been working hard to practise the song and the result is a real credit to them.”
Listen to Project Manager Hannah and SingAbout regular Doreen chatting to BBC Radio Solent's Julian Clegg about the SingAbout Christmas single by clicking the arrow below.
Nobody Should Be Alone at Christmas Time by SingAbout is available now to download for 99p – just search for the song online from your usual music provider.
The One Show, BBC1 – featured our single in their item on potential Christmas number ones on 7 Dec 2016.
Julian Clegg show, BBC Radio Solent: Project manager Hannah and SingAbout regular Doreen joined Julian Clegg to chat about the single and SingAbout on 14 December 2016.
Isle of Wight Radio – included short behind the scenes interviews with Project Manager Hannah and songwriter, Jess.
BBC Radio Solent – on Sunday 4th December Hannah from Independent Arts joined Solent Radio's NIck Girdler to talk about the Christmas single, the work of Independent Arts and to review the papers!
Isle of Wight County Press
On the Wight
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