Singing doctors are musical tonic

It was just what the doctors ordered.

Two top performers from Welsh National Opera gave an intimate performance just for the residents of Pendine Park.

Doctors Diva and Divo - alias the "singing doctors" Zoe Milton Brown and David Graham - gave show-stopping performances in four one hour shows for residents of the care groups' Bryn Bella, Bodlondeb, Penybryn, Cae Bryn and Hillbury homes.

Pendine Park is a Gold Community champion for their support of Welsh National Opera and its ground-breaking three year community project in Wrexham.

The homes also regularly welcome the Hallé orchestra as visitors.

Pendine Park's artist in residence Sarah Edwards explained: "We thought this WNO project would translate well for our residents. We are very proud to be Gold Community Champions and have supported WNO in its ‘Nine Stories High' project in Wrexham.

"The therapeutic values of music are well documented and it's wonderful for some of the relatives to witness how it brings a smile to the faces of our residents."

WNO corporate development officer, Catrin Joy said: "A group of our artistes have visited Wrexham Maelor Hospital singing to patients in a whole range of situations and it's gone really, really well."

WNO's Singing Doctors residency at the hospital will run until June. The project aims to use music to boost the health, well-being, sense of expression and community amongst residents, patients, visitors and staff, in hospitals and homes.

Soprano Zoë Milton-Brown (Dr Diva) was born in South Wales and graduated from Christ's College, Cambridge, where she was a choral scholar.

At Pendine Park she was melting the heart of Highfield resident John Galley, formerly of Hoole, Chester. John, who has MS, worked at Castrol in Stanlow for 30 years. "The music was very good, really professional and I really enjoyed it," he said.

Senior care practitioner Tracy Green, who organises the Music Therapy at Pendine Park, was delighted that the residents had been given such a "wonderful musical tonic".

She said: "The residents gain real pleasure and enjoyment out of music and it's just fantastic that world class singers from WNO have come to support our projects to enrich people's lives with disabilities through the medium of music ."