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The Wellbeing Choir at York Hospital

York Hospital Wellbeing Choir was founded by the Trust’s Arts Team in 2019 thanks to generous funding from York Teaching Hospital Charity.   In order to ensure sustainability the choir now runs on a self-funding basis, led and coordinated by Nicola Betts

Read on to find everything you need to know about the choir, and how to join!  Don’t forget to follow The Wellbeing Choir at York Hospital on social media for regular updates too.

Day: Wednesday (term time only)

Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Meeting Place: York Hospital Chapel, located on the main corridor near Junction 5.  The Chaplaincy Department will provide alternate facilities for quiet prayer and reflection during choir sessions.

Cost: £3.50 for regular choir members on a weekly pay as you go basis. Those popping in for a quick sing on their lunch break or simply passing by are very welcome to join in for free - no charge!

What is the Wellbeing Choir and who is it for?

A Wellbeing Choir is like a regular choir, with a greater focus on health and wellbeing. Studies show that singing greatly improves our emotional, mental, physical and social wellbeing, with a decrease in stress, depression and anxiety. These benefits are enhanced in a group setting, compared to singing alone.

The choir aims to give staff, patients and the general public the opportunity to experience these wonderful health benefits through singing whilst socialising with others, feeling good and having fun.

The fully inclusive choir sessions are friendly, relaxed and suitable for all abilities.

Who leads the choir?

Nicola Betts leads the choir, she has a wealth of experience as a community musician, music teacher and singer and her work includes leading community choirs and community music groups which aim to nurture creativity, self-expression and self-confidence across all ages and abilities.


To see up to date information regarding The Wellbeing Choir practice dates, up and coming events and other relevant news please follow them on social media, or click here to contact Nicola directly.

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