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Wellbeing Choir

Wednesdays 9 January to 27 March 2019

Drop-in between 12pm – 1.30pm as your time allows

York Hospital Chapel, main corridor

Suggested donation £2, refreshments included


We’re super excited about our new Wellbeing Choir, set to bring people together through the joy of singing.  Whether you’re staff, a patient, visitor or member of the general public, we’re delighted to welcome you to join us.

What is a Wellbeing Choir?

A Wellbeing Choir is like a regular choir, only the main focus is our health and wellbeing.  Studies show that choral singing improves our mood, with a decrease in stress, depression and anxiety; effects often attributed to the deeper breathing associated with singing. These benefits are enhanced in a group setting, compared to singing alone.  Through the Wellbeing Choir we hope to provide opportunities for people to socialise, and most importantly, to feel good and have fun!


Who will lead the choir?

Nicola Betts will lead this fully inclusive choir in friendly and relaxed sessions suitable for all abilities.  Nicola has a wealth of experience as a community musician, music teacher and singer.   Her work includes leading community choirs and Tiny Toes Music sessions which aim to nurture creativity, self-expression and self confidence in babies, toddlers pre-schoolers and their grown-ups.  To find out more click here.


Who can attend the Choir?

Everyone – you’re all most welcome!


When and Where?

The choir will run from 12pm – 1.30pm every Wednesday between 9 January – 27 March 2019.  It takes place in York Hospital’s Chapel which can be found on the main corridor near junction 5.  The Chaplaincy Department will be providing alternate facilities for quiet prayer and reflection during choir sessions.


What if I don’t have 1.5 hours available?

We’ve structured the sessions into two parts, allowing people to pop in as their time allows.  Feel free to stay for as little or as long as you like.


12pm – 12.45pm: singing

12.45pm – 1pm: refreshment break

1pm – 1.30pm: Singing


Do I have to pay?

The choir is free and there’s no commitment needed, however, we do ask for a suggested donation of £2 which will go to York Teaching Hospital Charity who help to fund Arts projects, incuding the choir.



The Arts Team have linked with volunteers from the Friends of York Hospitals to support serving tea, coffee, juice and biscuits, all provided during the refreshment break.  We’ve introduced this break following feedback that social interaction is an important part of a community choir.  During this pilot we will be using paper cups, please feel free to bring your own reusable cup if you have one.


Looking to the Future

The Wellbeing Choir has been set up by the Arts Team as part of their music programme.  During this initial three month pilot we’ll be evaluating its success and hope to be able to continue on a more permanent basis.  We’d appreciate your feedback on everything from repertoire and atmosphere to how you feel about the day, time and location of the sessions.  Contact Jess to let her know your thoughts by clicking here.


Thank you!

We’d love to say a huge thank you to our funders, York Teaching Hospital Charity, for their support of all things creative.

A a big thank you to the Friends of York Hospital’s for their amazing volunteer support, and a special thank you to York Hospital’s Chaplaincy Department for allowing us to use their facilities.

And finally, thank you to everyone who comes along to sing with us!


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Singing together can lift your mood, boost your immune system and is a great way to meet new people!


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