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Slough singer gets signed to Sony
By Amanda Dellor
BBC Berkshire Reporter

Patricia Hammond
Patricia Hammond sings in care homes in Slough

Patricia Hammond from Slough sings in care homes across the UK, and she's now been signed by Sony to sing on a new album.

It all began when she started singing in a particular care home.

"It was a really depressing area where the home was. The area had lost its industry and everything was boarded up and shut," she says.

I saw these people and it was like they'd been forgotten", she says.

"They have worked all their lives, their bodies are wrecked by this hard, hard work.

"It was a really gloomy room in a basement and it was really hard to get this group galvanised.

"I tried everything - all the usual songs that get people going. Then I sang Yours which is a song made famous by Vera Lynn.

The entire nursing contingent was all there. They were all crying.
Patricia Hammond

"Suddenly this big man in a wheelchair started singing with this enormous voice. The whole room was electrified, they all looked at him. They all engaged. They all started singing.

"And I noticed there was one nurse supervising. Then there were three. Then the entire nursing contingent was all there. They were all crying. And then afterwards they said, 'He hasn't spoken in six years'."

Patricia has been signed to Sony to appear on a special album of nostalgic classics from the 1940s and 1950s.

The track is One Day When We were Young by Johann Strauss and arranged by Matt Redman and Nick Ball who is also playing on the track. Matt plays guitar and mandolin and Nick plays percussion and drums.

She's the only contemporary performer on the album, Down Memory Lane, with the likes of Vera Lynn and Doris Day.

Patricia is appearing at The Mill at Sonning on Sunday, 14 March.

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