Kate Morgan, a resident at Brendoncare Park Road in Winchester, recently organised a recital for friends and family, following a long journey of speech and music therapy.
Originally trained as a classical singer, Kate had sung professionally and taught singing to a group of adults, The Clifton Singers, in the local area of Winchester until she had a stroke in 2011. Following the serious stroke, with accompanying aphasia, Kate had the good fortune to be put in touch with music therapist Owain Clarke, who has since been helping Kate get back to singing, and in the process, improving her speech.
Kate has been a resident at Brendoncare Park Road for eight years since then and has been practicing music and arts all her life. A short while ago, Kate said she’d like to sing again and perform for her fellow residents and other friends in Brendoncare, so she and Owain worked together to compile a programme of music for everyone to enjoy.
Their recent recital for soprano, guitar and harp included music and arrangements by Henry Purcell, Benjamin Britten and George Gershwin. Residents and friends joined Kate for her performance and, afterwards, enjoyed a chat, homemade cake and tea. Kate was delighted with how it went and is already planning her next event!
Kate’s husband Philip is very proud of Kate’s drive, “With everything that has happened, Kate has not lost her determination to do all she can with what she’s got. She had speech therapy at the hospital for a few years from a very good therapist and since she arrived at Park Road in June 2011, Owain has been central to her gradual improvement. Singing has been a very important part of her life and I am so glad she can still make use of this gift.”