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Christmas carols at our Southwark centre.

Residents at Darwin Court in Southwark celebrated the start of the festive season courtesy of a special Christmas carol concert delivered by us in partnership with the London School of Musical Theatre (LSMT).


Darwin Court is a pioneering scheme providing homes exclusively for people over 50, and facilities for the whole community. The event was organised by staff volunteers working with the LSMT, which is based at the site of Peabody’s future head office in Southwark.

On the twelfth day of Christmas

Around 80 residents came together to enjoy an afternoon of festive entertainment, including a buffet lunch, mulled wine and a Christmas raffle. The LSMT choir of young professional singers, brought together especially for the event, performed traditional carols, including a humorous take on the "Twelve days of Christmas", and joined residents and staff for a good old-fashioned sing-a-long.

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The event was also attended by Cllr Anood Al-Samerai, Leader of the Southwark Liberal Democrat Group, who said: "It was lovely to sing carols and spend some time with the older residents of our borough at their festive event. The role a positive living environment plays in promoting a person's independence and wellbeing was immediately clear, and so it is absolutely vital that the council works with our local housing partners to make more housing available which is suited to the needs of our older residents".

Music and the local community

Adrian Jeckells, Course Producer/Principal at the London School of Musical Theatre said: “I was delighted to be invited to bring my choir to this special event at Darwin Court to celebrate the festive season. We are a Southwark based musical theatre school and are thrilled to be able to share our music with the local community.”

Iain Shaw, Peabody Head of Older People’s Services, said: “It was fantastic to see some many residents come together to enjoy this event. Our work with the London School of Musical Theatre demonstrates the importance of local partnerships in ensuring our residents and communities have a real sense of belonging.”