Festive cheer at Culverton Court saw the mental health service open their doors to over 40 friends and neighbours for an evening of music and mulled wine.

Over the years this event has become a celebrated success, with the event held on Thursday 14th December marked the 5th carol concert hosted by the supported living scheme in Princes Risborough.

As per tradition, service user Sara Willcocks acted as Master of Ceremonies, with staff members Lynn Garland, David Ricouard and Chris Hayden putting on a fabulous intermission spread of mulled wine and buffet food.

As well as raising £85 for MIND, there was a packed musical programme including traditional carols and performances from service users, such as Jessica Mace who was previously part of the National Youth Orchestra and currently plays flute for her local church. While juggling her university studies, Jessica prepared a piano-flute duet of 'The Snowman' with her brother and said the following about her experience:

I grew up in a musical family and was very involved in Aylesbury Music Centre and County Orchestra. Flute playing kept me sane during years spent in hospital with anorexia. Doing my diploma gave me focus, confidence and a sense of achievement. More recently when I moved to Culverton Court 4 years ago I fulfilled my lifelong ambition to learn piano. When I play I escape the mental turmoil and this peace keeps me well. There is so much musical talent at Culverton. It’s a joy to see everyone in their element at the Christmas Concert, reducing the stigma and appreciate neighbours, friends and family.

Jessica, resident at Culverton Court

Other performances included a MAKATON piece by service user Natalie Bailey, who incorporated sign language into her music, carols leading by Grade 8 pianist Michael West and original compositions by Angus Robertson. Angus' compositions have previously won gold and platinum awards in prestigious London competitions.

Culverton's Christmas Concert was praised highly by family members and local people and is a truly collaborative effort between staff and residents. 

We have so many talented tenants here at Culverton Court and we are extremely proud that we can put together an evening of festive performances. We would like to thank all the neighbours who attended the Christmas concert this year and donated money. We would also like to thank all the tenants and staff at Culverton Court for all their hard work in the run-up to the evening.

Stephanie, support worker at Culverton Court