Keynotes Bring Joy to FVRH

The Keynotes, an inclusive singing group supported by Key in Falkirk has enjoyed tremendous success since they first formed in March 2022.

The group, which is largely made up of adults with learning disabilities, came about as a response to social isolation and lack of community participation that people experienced during the pandemic. They successfully applied for money from Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund to develop a community singing group for people supported by Key across the town.

In the year since receiving the funding, The Keynotes have gone from strength to strength, growing in number and delighting audiences in care homes and other community venues across Falkirk and beyond. Their infectious, joyful repertoire of singalong favourites has led to exciting new partnerships and a packed tour schedule!

So, when the opportunity to work with colleagues from Artlink Central, who coordinate arts and wellbeing activity on behalf of NHS Forth Valley, to bring live music back to the heart of hospitals and healthcare settings, The Keynotes jumped at the chance. Through this partnership they enjoyed a regular Friday slot performing in the atrium space at the NHS Forth Valley Royal Hospital which was appreciated by everyone who saw them. As Kevin Harrison, Director of Artlink Central, noted: “The Keynotes’ performances at Forth Valley Royal Hospital created an inclusive and healing environment where music becomes a channel for connection, empathy, and joy, leaving a lasting impression on patients, staff, and visitors alike.”

And Phyllis Wilkieson, Chief Nurse, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, added: “It was great to welcome the Keynote Choir to Forth Valley Royal Hospital and I know from feedback just how much their performances were enjoyed by local staff, patients and visitors.”

At their most recent performance they were especially delighted to be joined by a very special guest, Falkirk West MSP and Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson who said: “It was excellent to see The Keynotes in action earlier today at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. The group performed a variety of songs that put a smile on the faces of patients, staff, and visitors. The group, run by Key, is a great opportunity for people to get together and sing with passion and have fun, whilst also brightening people’s days.”

The Keynotes are currently awaiting the outcome of another funding application which will see them extend into some new areas but in the meantime will continue to spread joy and smiles across a host of happy audiences.