Chansons & Sauvignons: An evening of wine tasting and song

On the 24th March, we were transported to the mountains of Southern France, the valleys of Chile and the romantic shores of Naples through the tastes and sounds of some of the areas’ most delicious wines and enchanting songs!

Voices Across Time hosted an evening of Wine Tasting and Song led by Slurp’s Rob Yeatman, with song recitals from two visiting professional musicians Jasmine Faulkner (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and William Diggle (Royal College of Music). The event took place on 24th March, 7.30pm, The Great Hall, Bloxham School and was being held to support our community initiative to bring music into local care homes.

The evening recreated an early 20th century private soirée with Mrs Phillippa Peckerton-Smythe being the host for the evening. She welcomed one and all into her luxurious home to explore her husband’s extensive wine cellar with the guidance of her knowledgable butler. Six different wines were sampled that provided challenges for the connoisseur and reassurance for the rookie. They were accompanied by a selection of songs, mélodie and lieder as well as some favourites from the musicals, alongside delectable canapés. The evening definitely educated and amused, whilst taking our audiences wine tasting experience to the next level and all for a great cause…

Chansons & Sauvignons’ supported Voices Across Time’s initiative which launched in 2016, of bringing music projects into local care homes. Voices Across Time specialise in writing original historical musical productions where group participation and shared nostalgia are critical parts of the experience. In recent years, the positive effects on wellbeing and health created by group music-making have been recognised globally, especially for older people. Voices Across Time have been conducting a 5 week project at Chacombe Park Care Home. They have been using songs chosen by the residents to create a mini musical, which will be performed on the last day of the project by all residents and Voices Across Time’s cast. In previous projects, Voices Across Time have seen how such an initiative enriches the lives of those involved and they hope that this can be seen again with the residents at Chacombe Park.