Singing group brings light to Stirling Lodge

From left, Shirly Engela, Penny Richardson, Charmaine du Plessis, Jenny Barlow, Cedric Behrendt, Charmaine Behrendt and Linda Gough
Picture: MATTHEW FIELD

Stirling Lodge was filled with joyous song last Thursday when the Lamplighters treated the elderly residents to a beautiful choral performance.

Lamplighters has been going strong for 26 years, having first started in March 1994.

Jenny Barlow is the only original member remaining in the group.

“We’ve had a change over of members over the years and in 2009, a lot of the original members of Lamplighters either passed away or went overseas or for various other reasons, couldn’t take up their duties anymore,” she said.

With numbers dwindling, Barlow says she had to choose whether to end Lamplighters or push on through.

Thankfully, she was able to pull eager singers from another singing group she runs, the Centre Singers, who sing for Meals on Wheels.

“I asked those ladies [from Centre Singers] if they wanted to come over to Lamplighters and the rest is history,” said Barlow.

The group focuses mostly on hymns and other Christian-centric songs, but Barlow said she tries her best to keep things interesting.

“I’ll never forget, I did a concert this one time and this old man came up to me and said ‘Listen, I may be old but I’m not dead!’”.

“I vowed then that I would never do dull dreary songs,” she said.

Barlow provides backing tracks which she has collected over the years, most of which she put together herself.

“I try to use as lively a soundtrack as I can.”

The Lamplighters meet every Monday at 8:30am at the Nahoon Seventh Day Adventist Church. For more information, contact Barlow at 084-480-0449.

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