Singing group’s praises

Back: Sheila Kent, Dorothy Westlake, Phyllis Franklin, Diana Winch and Bridie McCall. Front: Singercise host Matt Millington and
Eileen Pearman. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d494876
Back: Sheila Kent, Dorothy Westlake, Phyllis Franklin, Diana Winch and Bridie McCall. Front: Singercise host Matt Millington and Eileen Pearman. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d494876

WHEN Eileen Pearman joined a seniors singing group, she did not realise the “true extent of the impact it would have on my life”.

Now with a cancer diagnosis meaning her days could be numbered, she has been motivated to spread the word further about Singercise “so others can reap the same benefits I have”.

Ms Pearman has been attending the weekly Singercise sessions in Karrinyup for almost 10 years, joining because she loved to sing.

“I look back at the past 10 years and Tuesdays have consistently been one of my favourite days,” the Greenwood resident said.

“As well as indulging my passion for singing, I have made incredible friends who are a huge part of my life. I am a part of a beautiful community of people who go for coffee every week and support each other through highs and lows, my physical and mental health have been enhanced and I have had more fun than I ever could have anticipated.”

Run by Matt Millington, Ms Pearman said the group, which was run by Matt Millington, was not just for experienced singers.

“They just need to enjoy singing and socialising,” she said.

“I am hearing impaired, which is strange to many but it is inherited from my mum who sang in a championship barbershop quartet all over America. She also played five instruments by ear and so did my brother.”

“She gave me my singing voice… but it does not affect my musical ear unless I can’t hear the key but at Singercise we use a microphone and other equipment and I am not the only one who wears hearing aids.”

Ms Pearman said she would “love more than anything” to see more people joining the group.

“Singing and music are fabulous for the lungs, the throat, for core strength and most importantly mental health,” she said.

“I often wonder how many older people are sitting in their homes feeling lonely when they could be coming along to Singercise, making new friends and enjoying themselves.

“We are a special group and we welcome others with open arms.”

Singercise runs from noon every Tuesday at Karrinyup Anglican Church.

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