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Isle Singers R Westwell

The ‘Isle Singers’, a small choir of ladies, sang to the patients in Aria Court Care Home in March Cambridgeshire on Thursday 6th July 2017.

Rosemary Westwell, leader of the choir, said: ‘It was wonderful to see the faces of the patients and their visitors light up when they obviously enjoyed the music.

This little concert was even more special for me because my husband has been in this care home for over 10 years and sometimes it is very difficult to communicate with him, for he cannot speak - his eyes tell us how he feels. When we sang to him on Thursday he was obviously quite overcome with positive emotion and he and I were able to rekindle the bond that has been with us since we married.’

The choir then visited patients who were bed bound in their rooms and sang a few songs at their bedside. This, too, was much appreciated.

The choir has been singing for over 40 years and so many of the members are not as young as they used to be, in fact, one member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but she still enjoys taking part in the rehearsals and concerts.

If you would like the choir to visit you, or if you would like further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pictured are some members of the choir: from left: Wendy Powell, Janet Hitch, Rosemary Westwell, Sandra Maine, Sue Read, Terry Robinson and Janet Bamforth.

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Rosemary Westwell
Who Am I?

Australian-born teacher and writer Dr Rosemary Westwell (PhD, MA Ed, MA TESOL, B Mus. BA Hons) lives in Cambridgeshire, England. She completed her PhD in 2007 on ‘The Development of Language Acquisition in a Mature Learner’ ( available free on: She writes a column for the Ely Standard, directs a ladies’ choir (‘The Isle Singers’)  and is a member of her local council.

Her husband suffers from dementia and is in a care home. They have two daughters and six children who live in the UK.

Other publications, including ‘Twenty Tips for Teaching IGCSE ESL’, ‘Teaching Language Learners’ and her novels ‘John, Dementia and Me’ and ‘John’s Shadow’ which are  available on

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