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They may not be a household name like the Military Wives but this Christmas, a brand new choir is taking centre stage in Leicestershire.
‘Beacon Voices’ is an ensemble made up of 12 children in care and next week, they will be entertaining residents by performing carols at a nursing home and hospice.
Set up earlier this year by Leicestershire County Council, the choir is thought to be the only one of its kind in the country.
This will be the first time the young people – who are aged between eight and 17 and live in Leicestershire – have performed as a group outside of County Hall.
By shining a spotlight on their talent and developing musical skills, the group helps to boost the young people’s confidence and provides an opportunity to express themselves.
Fifteen-year-old Nicola Brown from Coalville sings in the choir and said: “It’s really good, singing takes your mind off things and is a break from school work, and you get to spend time with your friends.”
Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Every day, we work hard to support our children in care but I’m pleased that we’ve found a new and innovative way to showcase young people’s talents.
“As their corporate parent, it’s our responsibility to do the kinds of things we would for our own children. By offering activities such as this, we strive to help them achieve, fulfil their potential, as well as boost their confidence and self esteem.”
The choir is visiting Aylesham Court nursing home in Leicester Forest East, and LOROS Hospice later this month, to perform carols and songs including: Jingle Bell Rock, Silent Night and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
Leicestershire County Council has 430 children in its care and through one-to-one tuition, mentoring, youth work, social work support and homes with foster carers, supports young people to raise aspirations and achieve.
As their corporate parents, the council works hard to ensure that they don’t miss out and provides young people with work experience, apprenticeships and access to computers.