Devine Buskers adapt with virtual busking fundraisers

In early 2020, the Devine Buskers, which is made up of eight singers and musicians, had their monthly performances all booked up. They were looking forward to performing throughout the year at a variety of popular venues in locations such as Maidenhead, Marlow, Windsor and Reading.

Sadly, however, Covid-19 put a stop to these plans. The last time they were able to physically all perform together was the Maidenhead Riverways grand opening in March.

One of the founding members of Devine Buskers, Richard Johnson, told us how they didn’t let the pandemic stop them doing what they love and how they have risen to the technical challenges of virtual busking!

“Performing all together is a real highlight for everyone. We have so much fun and of course we do it all for a charity that is close to all our hearts, Alexander Devine.

It was so disappointing that because of the pandemic we could not come together each month to perform. However, soon after lockdown began, we decided that we needed to come up with a plan b for the Devine Buskers! After years and years of performing together, we didn’t want to just stop. So we decided to keep the momentum going with weekly zoom meetings and rehearsals. Having seen other choirs and musicians going virtual, we thought we would have a go ourselves!

We found out pretty quickly that it was not that simple! To record a song when we were all remote, presented a huge challenge. Firstly the backing track had to be produced and then each individual singer has to listen to the track whilst singing and filming. As you can imagine, mistakes would be easily spotted so numerous takes had to be made.

Then the really clever bit is weaving each recording together so that the timing has a semblance of order. We were lucky to have the fabulous talents of our cajon-player and vocalist, Steve Archer who worked his magic using some special video editing software!

Our first lockdown virtual performance was ‘Love Train’. We were hugely encouraged to see the donations being made on our Just Giving page and the positive reactions from friends, family and others in the community. So now we have plans to produce more tracks until we are able to meet up in public and busk again at our favourite venues.”

You can watch the Devine Buskers’ busking performances on our YouTube channel:

Devine Buskers present ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’

Devine Buskers presents ‘Love Train’

To make a donation, please visit their Just Giving page

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Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Cllr Christine Bateson, to our children’s hospice in Maidenhead.

It was a wonderful opportunity to show her our amazing state-of-the-art facilities and talk about the vital support we give to local children and their families, all made possible by donations and fundraising.

There are many misconceptions about what children’s hospice care is all about. Not many people understand the all-encompassing care that children’s hospice services like ours provide to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families. As well as the specialist clinical care, our holistic and bespoke approach aims to provide the best possible support for each child and family. This includes support such as much-needed respite, specialist play for children and their siblings, symptom management, family support services, end of life care and bereavement support. As well as at our children’s hospice in Maidenhead, Alexander’s Care Team provides support in the family home and the community, including hospitals and schools.

With facilities at our hospice such as a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room and accessible playground, we offer opportunities for children and their siblings to experience fun, joy and adventures, and help families make precious memories for as long as they have. For some of these children and their families, we will support them for many years, for others it may be a shorter period of time.

During the visit, our CEO Fiona introduced the mayor to our some of our wonderful volunteers and members of Alexander’s Care Team. However, we think it was Thomas and Keanu’s big smiles that definitely proved to be the highlight of the visit!

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