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‘CHUMS’ prove you are never too old to learn new tricks

Comptons Happy Ukelele Musical Seniors, otherwise known as ‘CHUMS’, is a group of residents living at TriCare Compton Gardens Retirement Community who have recently learnt the beautiful art of playing ukulele.

In addition to teaching regular exercise classes and aqua aerobics at TriCare Compton Gardens, Donna Farrell teaches ukulele to 20 residents each week.

A passionate player herself, Donna says the group has gone from strength to strength with players becoming more confident and skilled in their performances.

“Their skill level is as good as many of the ukulele bands in Brisbane at the moment,” said Mrs Farrell.

CHUMS recently celebrated their 3rd anniversary holding a concert at TriCare Compton Gardens performing to over 120 people.

Age is no barrier either, with Joy their eldest member at 94 playing at the concert and singing a solo with the 1920’s classic, ‘I can’t give you anything but love baby’.

The group is so popular they are now getting regular ‘gigs’ performing for Uniting Church audiences, and other retirement villages and nursing homes in the Brisbane area.

Many of the performances have a small entry fee which goes directly to the group’s chosen charity Alzheimer’s Australia. So far CHUMS has raised in excess of $2000 for Alzheimers research.

“CHUMS are so well received amongst the community because we play songs everyone can sing along to – people love it because they know the words, the music is great and it’s a lot of fun. The Show Tune segment is always a favourite,” said Mrs Farrell.

CHUMS next performance will be at SPRUKE, Brisbane’s Ukelele Festival, at Southbank TAFE Campus on Saturday September 30.

For further information contact Village Manager, Sandra Lasserre on 07 3263 2788.