On Saturday 15 June the St Christopher’s Community choir performed in an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library in central London that aims to challenge the way people think and feel about health.
The choir performed in the reception area and then in the library; offering a programme of songs focused on identity, connection and friendship. Choir members spoke movingly about the personal journeys that led them to St Christopher’s and the impact the organisation has had on their experiences of illness and caring for dying relatives. The audience were visibly moved by these stories and many spoke to members of the choir afterwards about the impact of the performance. The exhibition organisers were delighted to have live music at the venue and there was a real buzz in the air.
The business of dying can be a very private thing, however death and dying does not happen in isolation from the rest of life and many people don’t want to be isolated and disconnected from their communities. Performing in community spaces outside the hospice encourages the general public to think about death and dying, while offering a message of hope.
The Misbehaving Bodies exhibition explores how chronic illness and loss are represented in the digital age and how this can often shape identity.
The exhibition is open until the end of January 2020.
Visit www.wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions for more information.