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Warwick Schools Foundation Pupils Perform for Kissing it Better

Kissing it Better (KiB), a local intergenerational Healthcare Charity was delighted to host 10 pupils from Warwick, King’s High and Kingsley School who volunteered to take part in a pop up concert at Priors House Care Home in Leamington over half term. This was particularly memorable as this was the first time, we could play music without masks.

Caty Oates, KiB Project Director would like to personally thank Warwick boys in Years 7-13: Joe (Trumpet), Fraser (Saxophone), Tom(Violin), Ishan (Violin) and Nimal (Trumpet) for giving up their valuable time and playing so beautifully in an unfamiliar environment. All the boys were great ambassadors and a credit to Warwick School. Also, big thanks to Mr Tibbitts (Head of Brass & Music Outreach) for overseeing this collaborative performance opportunity.

The pupils performed superbly and even performed extra pieces at the end – with requests from the residents. Joe’s “Sweet Caroline” prompted one very frail elderly resident to have a dance with the activity coordinator. This is the first time he has been out of his wheelchair for months. Rose and Tom also played an unplanned duo together which had residents singing along and tapping their feet. It was a phenomenal experience showcasing the power of live music. A universal language spreading joy and happiness amongst the residents!

The whole experience was truly magical. The range of instruments we were able to experience was spectacular, so much talent in one small group and so much passion. At one point, we felt the home was turned into a jazz-club! The residents were blown away and loved having time to chat with these young musicians. Once again, thank you so much KiB and Warwick School musicians for making our day here at Priors House!" - Priors House Staff

It was fantastic to witness all the musicians sitting and chatting to the residents, sharing stories of childhood, school, what musical instruments they had played and their favourite singers and bands. KiB is looking forward to running more musical events in the local community to cheer up older people and bring the generations together. If you are keen to take part in future community concerts, please contact either Caty Oates - or Mr Tibbitts -