Wakefield choir leader and mum-of-three to keep the community singing with online sessions
A Wakefield choir leader is hosting online sessions to keep the district singing.
Jenna Fan of Fanfare music began the virtual sessions as soon as social distancing and self isolation came into play.
Each of her sessions are catered to different age groups, from mothers and toddlers to the elderly, she leads the choir over social media and incorporates uplifting songs with interactive sessions.
Jenna said: “The idea came to me last week when I heard people were concerned about the schools closing, it had me thinking about what I could do to help mum’s who will be staying at home with their children over the next few weeks.
“The first session went so well. I had about 270 people tune in and I’ll be doing it daily.
"It’s a Facebook live stream of me and my three children in our living room, singing with actions.
"We got the parachute out, played with balls and we also drummed along with rhythm games.
“Everyone can watch from their own homes and interact and join in with what we’re doing. Just for 30 minutes or so every morning while the schools are shut, so it’s a nice routine just to make it easier for parents at home with their kids every day.
“The videos are available for people to watch afterwards, so they can do it again in the afternoon or whenever's easiest for them.”
As well as hosting her virtual sessions in the mornings, Jenna also hosts one for the Horbury Community Choir on Thursday afternoons and the Ossett pop choir on Thursday evenings.
She also holds virtual piano lessons for her students.
Jenna said: “I’ve not been homeschooling my kids for a long time and I know it’s difficult, but life has to keep going. That’s why I decided to start doing these sessions.
“I can’t just take away people’s hobbies, we need activities like this and for a lot of people. My choir group is their social time too, people can’t just be at home alone not interacting with their friends, the choir is social time for all of us.”
To contact Jenna and find out more about her virtual sessions, see the Fanfare Music Facebook page