Second Year student, Ethan, has played a number of tunes with his ten-year-old sister Lara as part of the #clapforourcarers events taking place across the country each Thursday at 8pm.

Every week, Ethan and his sister rehearse a new tune – often with their mother joining in.

“We started with Over the Rainbow and we were a little hesitant about what the neighbours would think, but they all asked us to play again and said how wonderful it was,” explains Ethan’s mother, Sarah.

“As they enjoyed it so much, I thought it would be nice to do a different piece the following week. Our elderly next door neighbours told us it was the highlight of the week for them. More neighbours have been coming each week. There are also some elderly neighbours much further down the road who recently wrote a card thanking us for the weekly performances. It’s been really lovely to see all the neighbours out together enjoying our performances and it’s helped create a real community feel and something we all look forward to each week.”

Ethan plays the violin, piano and sings while sister, Lara, plays the violin, piano, oboe and trumpet.

Ethan adds: “Music has always been a very big part of my life. It’s been wonderful to share my love for music and see the joy it is bringing to our neighbours each week. It also shows how music can really bring people together in such troubling times.”

This week they will be playing Land of Hope and Glory, having already performed Over the Rainbow, You Raise Me Up, Jerusalem, You’ll Never Walk Alone, We’ll Meet Again and What a Wonderful World.


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