We all feel so fortunate to be able to sing together again after the COVID-19 lockdowns, while so many people around the world are still unable to gather in person. New Zealand’s “neurological” (or “neuro”) choirs support participants living with a range of neurological conditions, focusing particularly on communication and quality of life.
(Note, this information is based on MusT, Dec. 2020 and will be updated as needed.)
Cantabrainers Choir (Christchurch), led by Kim Wade RMTh and Angela Reimer SLT, welcomes members in the Canterbury region every Wednesday morning during term time.
CeleBRation Choir (University of Auckland), led by Alison Talmage RMTh, recently recorded an album track, “Celebration” with Auckland jazz pianist and composer, Ben Fernandez. Some of the choir participated in a concert celebrating the release of Ben’s album, “The Music Never Stopped”.
SoundsWell Singers, led by Megan Glass RMTh and Penny Warren RMTh, welcome members from the greater Wellington region every Friday morning for great music and great company.
Sing Up Rodney rounded off a challenging year with a celebratory morning tea. After a break during lockdown, a small group has resumed on Thursdays in Ōrewa and Warkworth, administered by the Kahikatea Music Therapy & Community Arts Trust and led by Alison Talmage RMTh.
NeLSONG (launched in Music Therapy Week 2020) is facilitated by Colette Jansen RMTh, Luke Gajdus RMTh and Emma Matthews RMTh.
Connecting Communities: MThNZ Neuro Choirs Promotional Video
(launched in Music Therapy Week 2019)
features the Cantabrainers Choir and SoundsWell Singers.
(Note, content warning: depression/suicidal, at the start)
Sing, They All Said, Just Sing
Short documentary film (Director: Sakshi Chadha) telling the stories about three members of the CeleBRation Choir, selected for the 2020 Doc Edge Film Festival.
CBR Neurological Singing, Choir & Voice Network
Private interprofessional Facebook group for neuro choir leaders – new members welcome
Research & Publications
For neuro choir articles in the NZJMT, see the NZJMT Index on the journal webpage
or email the NZJMT editor: firstname.lastname@example.org