How Colwick Hall Is Bridging The Generation Gap

In this digital age when everyone is busy with their daily lives,

…Are we missing that all-important social connection?

During one of our recent creative sessions, we sat around a table anticipating Christmas and stumbled upon a heart-warming documentary that connected children with residents of a retirement home.

Having a strong affection for themed Christmas events here at Colwick Hall, music tends to be a strong driver in the choice of journey we take.

Conceived was the notion of the ‘Colwick Christmas Choir’.

A talent competition like no other.

One where the sole focus was social good. One where generations would come together. One that combined singing at the most magical time of year.

Whilst an idea is the start of many special things, it also needs to gain momentum and become something that others can be part of. We decided to put the feelers out – as an acid test – on social platforms. Within minutes we had the lovely folk of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire tag in primary school teachers and key influencers within music departments of their schools.

This gave us huge impetus to follow through our own conviction. Action list drawn up, phone calls made, and appointments amidst a flurry of inbox messages, meant we were able to really fast track this ultra special concept of connecting the young and the old.

Faced by an influx of expressions of interest from schools, through to application forms being completed, we are now at the exciting point of receiving audition DVDs. Our time was therefore recently concentrated on meeting the magical folk of Lark Hill Retirement Village – and magical it was!



This really is some village, with a hive of activity and many amazing people as you will see too. With the present as their only shared realm, what can the young and old teach each other about the magic of Christmas?


We are thrilled to be collaborating with the fabulously talented team at Notts TV;

Who are documenting this journey for us: from the retirement village through to residents on tour at schools and witnessing choirs in practice first hand, then through to the shortlisted top three.

At this point the top three will perform before the residents at the retirement village on 22nd November 2017.

The winning choir will then be invited to the grand finale at Colwick Hall. This takes place on Wednesday 6th December where the winning school choir and retirement village come together within the ornate setting of the Grand Ballroom at Colwick Hall.

If you are a primary school with a choir looking to get involved within the community, there is time yet for you to participate. We ask for two songs (one being a Christmas carol) and the application form to be completed and sent to us by 15th November.

Filming started last week and in case you missed the clip on Notts Tonight here’s a recap of part 2, as we rediscover the hidden talents of the very own residents of Lark Hill.

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