For Armonico Consort’s 20th anniversary, Oz & Armonico’s Great Bike Adventure sets off on 11 September, touring Warwickshire on a massive fundraising effort for the Warwick Memory Singers.
The third Great Bike Adventure may be a little shorter than the two previous years, but the cyclists have more than a few hills to contend with – the equivalent of a trip up Mount Vesuvius – and a mountain to climb to reach their whopping £20,000 target.
But the bottom-numbing, strength-sapping, leg-aching tour is for a very worthy cause: the money raised will support the Warwick Memory Singers, Armonico’s first community choir for people living with dementia and their carers.
Wine writer and broadcaster, Oz Clarke again leads the ride, with Armonico’s founder and Artistic Director, Christopher Monks, and an intrepid team of musicians and supporters.
The cyclists will crisscross the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, calling in at seven care homes along the route to give mini performances and bring some much-needed pleasure to residents.
For people living with dementia, singing has incredible mental health and well-being benefits and has particularly been shown to help reconnect memory and alleviate anxiety.
The Warwick Memory Singers brings them and their carers together in a safe and supporting environment to sing, socialise and enjoy a piece of music played specially for them. Armonico Consort’s professional musicians have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Society’s Singing for the Brain initiative to deliver these specialist sessions.
Armonico Consort is especially grateful to Phillips 66 and JET, BluDog, and Corratec Electric Bikes. Special thanks also to Mr Roger Medwell MBE, DL and Mr Baljit Shergill for generously supporting this event.
Oz & Armonico’s Great Bike Adventure: Warwick Memory Singers Tour takes place 11-13 September 2021. Please give whatever you can to help us smash our £20,000 target at bit.ly/ozbike21