Come along to our Virtual Choir taking place every Thursday from 21st October until 16th December, 5pm until 6pm.
Target Audience: Autistic people and their families in Scotland, and all ages and abilities welcome!
Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 15 people so sign up quick!
Share music with others in a fun, no pressure environment. People listen to music for many different reasons, it can help you connect to your emotions as well as other people. Music is the one universal thing that connects us all around the world. We hope this group will help you feel less isolated, enhance your wellbeing and develop your confidence.
We will learn a range of songs over the sessions. The songs will be chosen by you and you will be able to submit your favourite song or a song that means something to you when you register for the event.*
Here are some of the benefits you might experience from joining the group:
- Reduce stress
- Connect with emotions
- Improve memory
- Improve motivation
- Meet new people/build friendships
- Improve breathing
- Have fun
The group format will be as follows, although this may change slightly from week to week:
- Introductions/quick catch-up
- Warm up vocal cords
- Introduce song
- Keep discussions civil
- Do not be afraid to ask questions
- Respect your own and others' viewpoints
- Join in as many sessions as you like, the more the better!
- The sessions will run via Zoom, you will need a computer or device with good Wi-Fi
- Cameras and microphones are preferred but not compulsory
*Claire will choose the songs for the first session, thereafter songs requested by the group will be chosen at random. Please note that we may not be able to cover all songs that have been requested.
Claire Ritchie has worked with Scottish Autism for 19 years and currently manages our Chrysalis Day Opportunity. Claire initiated Scottish Autism’s Central Area Services Musical Theatre Group for individuals with autism six years ago and has supported the group to perform a variety of unique annual Musicals as well as holding winter choir sessions. Claire has a love of music. She joined a choir from a young age from which her love of music has grown. She has written a number of original songs over the past few years and enjoys playing the piano and drums. At home she has two daughters who both share her love of music. Claire’s eldest daughter was recently diagnosed with autism and music has given her the confidence and ability to express her emotions. Music has always been an integral part of Claire's life and her goal is to help others see how important music is to all.
How to book
This is Block 3 of the Virtual Choir Group
Time: 5pm to 6pm
Date: 21st October 2021
Please note that you can now book sessions in advance. You can also pick and choose which sessions you would like to attend in block 2.
Please email any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Host in our short video
Claire describes what you can expect when you join the Thursday evening Choir Group.