People with aphasia* often find it easier to sing than to speak, and so can experience a unique sense of group participation and engagement when singing in a choir. Members also find that group singing can give them a wonderful feeling of well-being and achievement.
Leading and rehearsing the Dyscover Singers is a specialist job, since aphasia can affect the ability to read and learn lyrics and to follow instructions. Songs need to be chosen carefully and sometimes adapted to suit individuals’ needs.
Although singing has long been part of Dyscover, in recent years the choir have started to challenge themselves more with performances to small audiences, first within and then outside Dyscover. Choiroke is by fartheir largest undertaking and represents a significant achievement for the Dyscover Singers and their leaders,
Christine Dearsley and Sue Messenger.
*Aphasia is a language disorder most commonly acquired through stroke. It affects a person’s ability to express themselves using spoken or written words, and to read and understand spoken language. Aphasia can be mild or severe and is a long term condition which people and their families have to learn to live with.
“I am delighted that Dyscover is involved in Choiroke and think this is a fantastic way to bring all the choirs Proseccobellas are a Voice From The Coal Shed Choir together” Nicholas Owen, Patron for Dyscover
“Choiroke 2014 is the most wonderful opportunity for our Dyscover Singers and will be a fantastic experience for them. We are also extremely grateful to have been chosen as the main beneficiary of the event and are really looking forward to taking part with the other choirs.”
Contact: Rosemary Townsend
T: 01737 819419
Dyscover, Crown House Mews
Walton on the Hill
Surrey KT20 7ST
Company no: 4814618