Welcome to the NW Community Stroke Choir

The North West Community Stroke Choir is a Stroke Association Voluntary Group for people affected by stroke in 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 stresses 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

Singing in the City - Whitworth Art Gallery

The choir enjoyed performing twice at the 'Singing In The City' event on Sunday 8th July - once on their own (as seen in the picture above) and once alongside the Rhythm of Life Choir made up of patients, staff & family members from

Published 10/07/2018

Singing at Tameside Hospital Stroke Unit

Thanks to everyone at Tameside Hospital Ward 45 for a lovely welcome on Monday, 14 May. We really enjoyed singing with you and hearing your lovely feedback (and having a cup of tea with you all afterwards).

Published 16/05/2018

The University of Manchester - Social Responsibility Awards

The choir really enjoyed singing at The University of Manchester's Social Responsibility Awards on the 1 May. It was a pleasure to sing in such a beautiful space, for such a great event. Many thanks to the organisers for allowing us to sing, and for the delicious food afterwards.

Published 16/05/2018

North West Life After Stroke Awards

The North West Stroke Choir was very proud to perform at the North West Life After Stroke Awards on 27 November.

The choir was also very proud to receive a certificate in recognition of its nomination for the 2017 Stroke Group Award, a massive achievement.

Published 29/11/2017

World Stroke Day

As you can see from the picture, the choir really enjoyed performing at both Salford Royal Hospital and Fairfield Hospital during their World Stroke Day events this year.

Published 01/11/2017