Inclusive Choir – West of England
A musical community without barriers!
The West of England Soundabout Inclusive Choir (formerly the Bristol Choir) welcomes people of all ages and abilities and their families.
The choir celebrates that everyone has their own way of sharing their voice. Here are a few examples of ways you could join in:
- Using Makaton Signing
- Singing or other vocal noises
- Making sounds with an instrument or sound maker
- Using technology e.g. an iPad or EyeGaze
- Movement and dance
By welcoming all voices we aim to be as inclusive as possible, and actively try to remove barriers to participation from those with severe and profound learning disabilities.
The choir sings songs chosen by members and occasionally writes their own songs. Every piece of music is designed so that members can be involved in their own way.
The choir is free to join, there are no auditions, and you do not need to be able to read music notation.
The choir meets on Zoom on alternate Sundays at 11am-12pm. Click here for the dates of upcoming sessions.
Meet the choir leaders
Emma has been a practitioner at Soundabout for the past 3 years & is co-director on the Soundabout Inclusive Choir. In 2011 she completed her BMus Degree at The Academy of Contemporary Music and completed her PGCert in ‘Sounds of Intent’ in 2016 at the University of Roehampton. Emma is studying towards her Masters in Music Therapy at UWE in Bristol.
Belle joined the Soundabout inclusive choir team in January 2020 & since November has been an intern. She co-runs the Emerging leaders group, where she has the privilege of supporting 6 members of the choir within small group sessions, helping to develop confidence, performance skills & leadership. Belle loves getting to know all of our choir members & having fun with everyone.
Ellen (choir intern)
Belle (choir intern)
See the choir in action!
Our members share why they love being part of the Soundabout Inclusive Choir: