Memory Lane Singing Club is under the musical direction of Emma Kershaw, a versatile actress and concert artist, who has featured with many well-known orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Emma joined Memory Lane in 2017.
The Club also welcomed a new pianist, Joseph Morley, who has had a varied career in all forms of commercial and popular music.
We are delighted to have Emma and Joseph with us and look forward to an exciting musical future with them.
I have been the Musical Director at Memory Lane since April 2017.
In that time I have seen first hand how much it means for people to come and sing together.
Many of the members have health issues or are dealing with bereavement or other challenges and they get a lot of support from the group. I have had a lot of people tell me how much the group means to them and how important it is to have those couple of hours each week to focus on something positive.
I believe music is an incredible therapy and I get a lot out of sharing music with others. Building the relationship between me and the singers is something I treasure. Singing together provides a connection and gives people belief that they are making a valuable contribution as well as enjoying the music itself.
The concerts we give in care homes in Barnet are greatly appreciated. I often see a transformation in the audience before and after we sing. The songs are generally well known, so to see peoples' faces light up and sing along is very special to witness. I firmly believe Memory Lane is providing an invaluable contribution to the community.
Emma Kershaw - Musical Director