NW Community Stroke Choir

Members of the choir performing music together.

The North West Community Stroke Choir is a Stroke Association Voluntary Group for people affected by stroke in the NW region. We meet every Monday, and alternate between locations in Stockport and Manchester.

The choir is made up of stroke survivors, families, volunteers and people who work with, or who have been affected by, stroke. The only requirement to join is a connection to stroke and a desire to sing - there are no auditions.

Why we love to sing

  • Because it sets us free from aphasia. It’s so frustrating to get stuck with words, but with singing it’s different. It’s good for the facial muscles - my mouth stopped drooping after 2 or 3 weeks, and things like do-bi-do-bi-do are very good. 
  • I like to learn new things, it exercises the brain. It helps me switch off from stress and is very enjoyable. It is something to look forward to.
  • It's healing, fun, energising, spiritual. It lifts my spirits and my mood. There is a feeling of togetherness, we all feel better being part of the group. When you get it right there is nothing better, there is a big sense of accomplishment.
  • Reduces social isolation - I don’t get out much other than appointments. It’s the highlight of my week.
  • Has improved my confidence and raised my mood following my second stroke. Love the choices of songs we get to sing- Our choir leader Carol is amazing and very inspiring.

The chance to perform

We regularly perform as a choir. Both at stroke wards in hospitals around Manchester, and at public events.

Choir members say: "It is a fantastic feeling performing the songs we have worked hard to learn and to see peoples’ reactions to our songs. The feedback we receive is brilliant and makes it all worthwhile."

But if you don't want to perform, you don't have to! Just coming along to practices for a sing-a-long is absolutely fine too.

Recent activity

Choir continues!

A lot of things have had to change over the past month, due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. It's been a very unsettling time for everyone. Of course, it meant that our weekly choir rehearsals had to stop.
Or so we thought...

Published 31/03/2020

Performance at Tameside General Hospital Stroke Unit

On Monday 30 September, the choir visited Tameside Hospital to sing to staff and patients on Ward 45. The performance was also attended by His Worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside Leigh Drennen and his consort Cory James. 

Published 01/10/2019
04 October 2019 - 20:30

Folk Night Fundraiser

On Friday 4 October 2019, our very own wonderful mother and daughter duo, Ann and Shelly, will be performing with Jake's String Band at The Church Inn Folk Club (Upstairs at the Church Inn, Prestwich).