A local opera singer is using her vocal talents to raise money for the Estepona/Manilva branch of Age Concern.
Originally from New Zealand, Clarice Williams has lived in Estepona since 2016, but prior to this has performed on stages all over the world, including the Sydney Opera House.
When she arrived in Spain, she founded the Good Vibrations Choir, an amateur choir that performs benefit concerts for local charitable institutions across the coast. In addition, she also runs the Find Your Voice Vocal Studio, a group she started in order to bring people together during the lockdown.
"I wanted to get something going. As I had planned to do a Divas concert for Age Concern, which obviously had to be cancelled, I decided to re-boot the Good Vibrations Choir to raise money for them, as they have been inundated with calls from people that need help at this time," Clarice explains to SUR in English.
The one-hour sessions are held on Zoom every Wednesday at 5pm and participants do not have to be competent singers. The idea is for people to get together for a chat and also to perform some of the songs from the repertoire that Clarice selects for each session. Registration costs five euros.
She has also set up a GoFundMe account where people can donate money to help the charity continue offering assistance throughout the crisis.
The singer intends to continue the platform after the lockdown is lifted. More information can be found on Facebook.