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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

Cuppa and a Chorus 
Connecting Through Singing

Cuppa and a Chorus is an 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! You 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. All sessions take place at the National Centre for Early Music from 2.00pm and 4.00pm on the following dates:


  • Monday 12th February
  • Monday 19th March
  • Monday 23rd April
  • Monday 14th May
  • Thursday 21st June - celebrating Make Music Day


To book your place, please telephone 01904 658338 or click here .


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!"


This initiative is part of the Culture and Wellbeing Partnership, a collection of cultural groups working to improve health and wellbeing outcomes across York, by offering opportunities to engage in arts activities, particularly reducing barriers to participation. 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, Age UK and the City of York Council