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A Cuppa and a Chorus

The fab Cuppa and a Chorus music leader Chris Bartram!

Cuppa and a Chorus Singing at the NCEM

Cuppa and a Chorus Singing at the NCEM

Cuppa and a Chorus Singing at the NCEM

Singing at NCEM as part of World Mental Health Day 2016

 A Cuppa and a Chorus 
Connecting Through Singing

A Cuppa and a Chorus is a new exciting initiative offering local people a chance to come and sing at the National Centre for Early Music, in a relaxed, welcoming environment and also enjoy a cup of tea, piece of cake and a friendly chat! do not need to read music or have any previous experience of singing, just a desire to meet new like-minded people in a welcoming environment and to find your own voice.

The sessions are led by our experienced community choir leader, Chris Bartram, who will guide you gently through a variety of different music from around the world. You can sign up for as many sessions as you would like (you don't have to commit to all of them). Tickets are just £1.00 and booking in advance is recommended but you can also just turn up on the day.

The sessions take place at the National Centre for Early Music from 2.00pm and 4.00pm on the following dates this autumn:

Monday 9 October
Monday 13 November
Monday 18 December

To book your place, please telephone 01904 658338 or please click here or alternatively just turn up on the day!

This initiative is part of the Culture and Wellbeing Partnership in York, which supports the work of the cultural sector and improving health and wellbeing outcomes in York by offering opportunities to engage in activities normally out of reach. Aimed at representing diversity in the community and working in collaboration to develop community connections.

It was launched with BBC Radio York's community singing project York In Harmony - which culminated on Friday 7 April with a Grand Finale at the National Centre for Early Music, with a live broadcast on BBC Radio York - NCEM's Singing Afternoons provide ongoing opportunities for York residents to enjoy communal music-making.

It is supported by the following organisations: National Centre for Early Music, Accessible Arts and Media, York at Large, York Museums Trust, York Theatre Royal, Explore York, Pilot, Converge, Help the Aged and the City of York Council

Here are some comments from past participants!

"Singing in a group lifts my spirits like nothing else. There are now more choirs in the UK than Fish & Chip shops, and the spate of TV programmes about choral singing shows that we like to sing in groups because it makes us feel better"

"Great to come together in a beautiful space"

"Inspiring, community-spirited and fun!"

"I felt pleased as punch after singing with everyone. Nothing like it for putting you in a good mood!"