This group is now fully booked
Come along to our virtual choir taking place every Thursday until 25th March from 5pm until 6pm. Target Audience: Autistic people and their families in Scotland, and all ages welcome! Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 15 people so sign up quick!
Join this virtual choir and learn what it is like sing together as a group, in a fun no pressure environment. People listen to music for many different reasons, and 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. During the lockdown we hope this group will help you feel less isolated as well as enhance your wellbeing and develop your confidence. The session is suitable for all ranges and abilities so don’t worry if this is your first time singing in a group setting.
The group will meet every Thursday evening 5pm – 6pm using Zoom so we can all sing together from the comfort of our own homes. Feel free to join in even if it’s just to chat and listen to others singing. 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.*
*Please note songs will be chosen at random and we may not be able to cover all songs that have been submitted.
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 will follow the following format, 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 Ritchie has worked with Scottish Autism for 19 years and currently manages our Chrysalis Day Service Project. Claire initiated Scottish Autism’s Central Area Services Musical Theatre Group for individuals with autism 6 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 2 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 my life and my goal is to help others see how important music is to all.