November 21, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
In 1999, Sylvia Picton founded the entertainment group, The Skylarkers, alongside her husband, Ray. The group was founded, as a way to unite older Australians through the power of song, and the group has always enjoyed performing at retirement villages and aged care residences.
Sylvia, who now resides at an aged care residence, Arcare Knox in Wantirna South, still enjoys her music and watching live performances. Although Sylvia has since retired from her position as the Skylarkers’ musical director, she still stays in touch with many of the group’s current members.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Skylarkers, the group wanted to pay special homage to their founder, Sylvia, by dedicating a concert performance to her. The Skylarkers planned for the performance to be held at Arcare Knox, so that the entire community could enjoy their musical prowess, not just Sylvia.
Current musical director of the Skylarkers, Sandy said “Our the mantra is to bring joy through the power of music. We are so proud to be performing for the beautiful Sylvia, as well as for the Knox community.”
Sylvia sat proudly in the front row, with a glass of French champagne in hand, as she waited for the performance to begin.
Musical director, Sandy opened the performance by giving anyone an overview of the group’s history and their motivation. Each of the group’s thirteen members were introduced to the growing crowd, with many of the Skylarkers have been a part of the group for over ten years, they credit their ongoing good health and happiness to the Skylarkers. It wasn’t long before they jumped into some upbeat ABBA classics, and made outfit changes faster than the song’s tempo.
The group performed a wide range of songs from modern classics to theatrical theatre to comedic ballads. The change in song and lively enthusiasm delivered by each group member, kept everyone in the crowd engaged and constantly entranced.
To close their spectacular performance, the Skylarkers delivered a heartfelt speech to Sylvia, who smiled warmly at the kind words.
Arcare would like to thank the Skylarkers for their wonderful performance and would like to wish them a Happy 20th Anniversary. All the best for the next 20 years of the Skylarkers!
Rachel Bailey is the Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has been with Arcare since February 2018, when she started in the role of Relationship Coordinator. Rachel has previously worked in a wide range of roles that equipped her for her responsibilities as Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has previously held marketing roles and administration roles in a range of industries, earning a range of valuable communications skills that she brings to her role today. Rachel attended Lyndhurst Secondary College in Cranbourne, Victoria, graduating with her Victorian Certificate of Education in 2014. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Communication and Media Studies & Public Relations in 2017. Rachel is passionate about her work and believes that strong communication strategies are the key to creating a closer connection between residents in aged care communities and the wider community. Rachel is a firm believer in regular communications to help friends and family keep updated on the lives of their loved ones who are enjoying life in Arcare residences.