Giving Voice Choir is an inclusive choir for adults with neurological conditions and their carers. The choir was initiated by Wendy Neill, Speech and Language Therapist, working in the Speech and Swallowing Team for Leeds Community Healthcare.
The choir launched in June 2014 and is currently funded by Leeds Community Healthcare Charity. The choir is in partnership with Arts at Trinity, Carers Leeds, Alzheimer’s Society, Parkinson UK and the MS Society. In September 2014 the choir won the Leeds Community Healthcare Innovation award 2014 and in March 2015 we were pleased to confirm Kay Mellor, OBE, as our Patron.
Since the choir started we have already attracted over 30 members and have performed in the Left Bank Centre, White Rose Shopping Centre and recently the Leeds Town Hall! Plus not forgetting performances in Holy Trinity Church.
The choir rehearses every Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church, from 6.30-8.00 and is led by Sally Blyth, an experienced singing tutor.
No singing experience required and no auditions, just call in one Tuesday evening. The choir is free to attend, donations are welcome. All the songs are chosen by the choir members. Recent songs include ‘These Boots are Made for Walking’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, ‘Jolene’, ‘If I Fell’ and ‘Skyfall’.
Feedback from choir members include ‘Love every minute’, ‘what a lovely relaxed atmosphere’, ‘it’s fantastic’, ‘I feel so much better after coming’.
You can also follow Giving Voice on twitter @givingvoicelds and facebook: http://facebook.com/givingvoiceleeds