When a neighbour told 11-year-old Libby Greenhill how sad she was to miss out on singing in church this Easter, the youngster resolved to do something about it.
If her friends couldn’t go out to sing she would bring the music to them!
Libby lives on Galtres Grove with her mum and dad, Louise and Kev, and her brothers – Jake 23, Eddie 20 and Isaac, 16. Her sister, 25-year-old Poppy, is volunteering in a dog sanctuary in Mexico.
“Libby is friends with a lot of the residents, especially a lady called Vera, who she did crafts with every Friday afternoon until lockdown,” Louise told YorkMix.
“Vera had told her how much she loved singing in church at Easter and Libby was sad for her not being able to do this.
“The residents of Galtres Grove have all be supporting each other during lockdown and when we went out to clap for the NHS, Libby and another resident Glynis talked about singing on Easter Sunday.
“Libby then ran with it – and got her amp out.”
Everyone can join in
Glynis helped to choose good Easter songs to sing and sent an email around coming out to sing at 2pm on Easter Sunday.
Libby And The Lockdowns started the street singalong with Amazing Grace, then Thine Be The Glory and finished with Day by Day “because it was so uplifting and we are all living day by day”.
The whole street joined in singing and dancing.
Libby is home educated and loves music. She has a singing teacher who she also has piano lessons with, attends York Stage School and this week is her attending her first Yorkshire Youth Choir course via zoom.
Now there are going to be more singalongs – and everyone can join in! Louise said:
We plan to sing at 2pm each Sunday. I have set up a Facebook event – we would like to see if we can get as many people around the world singing with us.
We are planning a watch party next Sunday while singing some Beatles songs.
It was just so lovely yesterday and everyone felt hopeful and joyful after, that we felt that we would like to spread that feeling.
How the idea of an 11 year old could help us all.
Find out more on the Facebook event here.