Long standing supporter, Bobby Cole, is founder and music director of Vocal Harmony, a group of three adult choirs and a children’s choir based around south and west Wales. Bobby and Vocal Harmony have been fundraising for Tŷ Hafan for a number of years now, but he wanted to try something a little different this year.
With song writing partner Lorraine King, Bobby wrote “Don’t Look Down”, a song that will be sold in a number of our shops later this year, with all proceeds going to the Tŷ Hafan.
The lyrics of the song really resonated with Tŷ Hafan and the support that is provided to our children and families, but we won’t give it away yet, you’ll have to wait until November to hear it!
Bobby said: “We wanted to do something for the charity that involved all of our choirs including Llanelli, Swansea, Cardiff, and our newly formed kids choir. Rather than record a cover, we wrote a song specifically for the choir and for the charity to encompass everything that it means to us and the families that use it.”
When starting Vocal Harmony, Bobby’s main motivation was to create a choir that was accessible to all. Members didn’t have to know how to read music, they just had the love to sing! This accessibility and inclusivity, in addition to the therapeutic benefits of music, is exactly what Tŷ Hafan stands for and our families wanted to be a part of it too.
So the Tŷ Hafan Family Choir, made up of mums and dads, brothers and sisters and grannies and grandpas (with a few staff members thrown in) was born at Vocal Harmony’s summer showcase concert. More proof, if any was needed, that the Welsh were born to sing!
Don’t Look Down was recorded and filmed back in June and will be performed live at Tŷ Hafan’s Christmas at the Castle on 30 November this year. Our very special group of siblings created the artwork for the single themselves – it was a great excuse to spend some more time in the Tŷ Hafan arts and crafts room.
And don’t forget to look out for the video on our social media at Christmas time!