Join us for a workshop exploring setting up and leading a health choir. This session is open to anyone with an interest in choir leading and is especially suitable for people considering setting up their own independent health choir.

Leading a health choir can be one of the most rewarding activities for a community choir leader. In this session we will explore some of the factors and skills you need to consider if you would like to set up your own health choir in your local community.

So here’s what you get:

We kick off the day gathering together warming up with singing – the reason we are all into choirs!

Then we will give you an information session sharing tips for setting up an independent choir in your community as well as specific aspects to consider for health choirs.

In our final session, after a break, we learn the first simple practical tools for leading a choir and teaching short songs, giving you your first toolbox of strategies. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at leading the group, in a friendly, supportive and non-judgemental environment. Plus we will be joined by a small number of singers from a local health choir to make your experience as realistic as possible.

There will be ample opportunity to meet people who might become your choir leading colleagues in the future.

“I’ve always wanted to set up a choir to support people in my community who were isolated because of their health needs. It can be such a great way to make friends and feel supported”

Age: 18 years+

What’s included: All workshop sessions, score and audio resources and refreshments.

Workshop Schedule:

WORKSHOP TICKET COST: £40.00 per person

Learn more about our facilitators…

With an MBA and a 25 year background in Safeguarding vulnerable adults and mentoring others for professional development, Pauline McWilliams embarked on a second career as a community choir leader. She welcomes any opportunities to encourage others to develop their songleading confidence.

Pauline now has 12 years’ experience of setting up and leading her own community and health related choirs. She has undertaken a wealth of training courses allowing her to confidently lead safe, joyful singing for all.

She is a Natural Voice Practitioner, valuing every unique voice and has a passion to encourage joy through singing with vulnerable groups. Pauline set up and runs her own 4 successful choirs including Southampton Health Choir welcoming people with breathing conditions, Parkinson’s and other conditions (including anxiety). Many new members are now referred by local health professionals. She is self-employed and all her choirs are self-funding, all acapella and all for adults.

Known online as The Creative Choir Leader, Beth Morgan has nearly 3 decades experience in choir leading and secondary music education. She has a B.Mus (education) from Queensland University, Australia and ATCL in piano. She is the MD for the Bristol Military Wives Choir, a welfare charity supporting women affected by their links to the military. She is the founder and MD for The Great Day Choir, a multi choir network helping women across the Bath and Bristol area find fun, friendship and purpose through singing.

During the pandemic, Beth set up The Creative Choir Leader, an online blog, membership and forum supporting over 1000 choir leaders from around the world. Guests in Beth’s membership have included renowned world choral leaders including Roger Emerson, Bob Chilcott and Deke Sharon. Beth loves to empower people through the power of singing in harmony together as a choir.

Venue and map:

Bitterne Spiritualist Church, 390 Bitterne Rd, Bitterne, Southampton SO18 1DR

Covid safety:

We are committed to keeping you safe throughout your visit. If you have any Coronavirus symptoms please take a lateral flow test before coming. If you are unwell please stay home. We strongly encourage you to get the Covid vaccination. Please respect each other’s personal space.