After my Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2011, I have gained a greater understanding of people. I believe you focus on a person’s abilities – not disabilities.
I joined the New Voice Choir because I love singing and for speech therapy. I can read music (learning the recorder at school) but I have learnt so much more about singing and speech and enjoy the harmonies and social interaction.
I love the fact that the choir consists of people with and without Parkinson’s and admire the skills of our choir teacher and the co-ordinating team.
When I heard of a choir for folks with Parkinson’s meeting at Sherwood, I thought it would be good for me. (Being intubated after a surgical procedure had affected my voice box to the point where I spoke in a whisper or resorted to sign language to communicate.)Read More
Since attending the New Voice Choir, I find my voice power and breathing have improved greatly. Singing with other people and practising at home using the practice tracks doesn’t seem to be a chore – I thoroughly recommend it to anybody.
Our Musical Director, Linda, is a marvellous communicator and passes on her wealth of knowledge in a manner we can understand. Since she also has Parkinson’s, she relates far better to our position than by reading it out of a book!
The Fun, Fellowship and Friendship shows through in our members – we are all concerned for each other’s health and welfare.
When it was suggested I join the choir, I went along to try it out, not expecting much. How wrong was I – the New Voice Choir (NVC) is now an essential part of my life. I just love it! It’s no burden to go out each Tuesday for rehearsal… we sometimes laugh more than we sing.
Without the choir, I would be drowning in tiredness and sadness. When one is singing, there is no room for crying or feeling sorry that life in my later years is not what I had expected it to be, or had planned. The joy of being with a group of people who all have something in common, yet are like a noisy happy family, is contagious.Read More
When we perform publicly, our combined voices are very inspiring and I feel my inner desire to be able to sing on stage has finally succeeded. I am so thankful to the NVC and our talented Musical Director, Linda – you have brought great happiness to me.
When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, my first thought was this can’t be happening to me. This was not the future I had envisaged for myself into older age. So began a journey to find out and learn to live with this new reality.Read More
When some friends invited me to join them in New Voice Choir I was sceptical. I knew nothing about singing and had had no musical training at all. I had though enjoyed folk songs over many years and enjoyed the experience of singing with other people.
I went along with no expectations other than to survive the experience.
I have now been in the choir for a little over 12 months. I have made friends and am thankful for the support of fellow Parkies.
Our Choir Director frightened me at first. She is so knowledgeable and sets the bar high. I floundered with my lack of musical knowledge. Now I have come to appreciate her wealth of experience and her ability to get the absolute best out of everyone in the choir.
Being in this choir is such an uplifting experience. I want to contribute as best as I am able to what is a wonderful group of people with a remarkable voice to share.
We may have Parkinson’s but we can still SING!
My parents are Choir members and, having enjoyed singing in choirs in my younger years, I joined the New Voice Choir to rekindle my ability to sing in parts and enjoy the fun of performing.
It’s amazing the beautiful harmonies Linda can get out of us, especially when you consider that many have no musical background and some have significant voice and speech issues.
As a non-Parkinson’s person, I am inspired by my fellow choir members. What wonderful ambassadors they are for LIFE with Parkinson’s.
Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 8 years ago, I joined the New Voice Choir because I love to sing. Since then, I’ve regained my top (voice) register and made new friends.
There is no downside – this choir is Fun, Fun, Fun!
When you are confronted with confirmation of a diagnosis of a chronic degenerative condition such as Parkinson’s Disease your life changes in an overwhelming confrontational nanosecond – and the confusion of emotion experienced in that nanosecond stays with you from that moment. You make choices, difficult life/career changes – and your days can become consumed with therapies and appointments. So it’s vital to find a range of activities that suit your condition and, more importantly, that you can enjoy and ‘stick to’.Read More
The New Voice Choir under Linda McIntyre’s inspirational direction has become a highlight of my weekly activities – it’s not just another therapy or exercise session. It’s about real music, learning, creativity, hard work, fun, laughter and friendship.
It’s about enjoying and being proud of how good we sound – of what we have accomplished, and the exciting future we see as a unique choir for and about people with Parkinson’s.
A chance conversation with a dear friend, who had been diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease, introduced me to the existence of the New Voice Choir (NVC). I was invited to attend a rehearsal to see if I would like to come as a supporter friend. I signed up that night in early 2016. Recently retired, it had been on my ‘bucket list’ to join a community choir. I don’t possess any singing or musical experience but enjoy to sing. I feel privileged, as a non-Parkies member, to be part of this joy-filled, positive, vibrant, diverse, warm & friendly group of choristers led by our amazing Musical Director, Linda McIntyre. I am learning so much, not only musically, but also about Parkinson’s….and, it is a real buzz to perform at gigs!
Being a member of NVC means a great deal to me!
The New Voice Choir gives me the opportunity to experience support and company from others with Parkinson’s Disease. At the same time I get to enjoy the creativity of being in a choir, particularly when I had never sung in a group before.Read More
Sharing another interest with my wife, Elaine, is always desirable. Singing makes me think about increasing the volume in my voice. There are plenty of laughs and, apart from the serious part, it is enjoyable socially.
As a complete choir novice, I’ve found joy, lots of new friends and a great voice. I’ve gone from a non-singer to a person who enjoys her ability and repertoire of songs and sounds.
My voice volume has increased 15 dB in 12 months.
We’re all Up, Up and Away in spirit whether we are practising or performing!
I love the friendship of the group, the singing for my voice and the laughter therapy!
Music has always been part of my life. I play piano and organ (and the tuba rather badly). For almost 15 years I was accompanist and presenter for my husband’s gospel singing group, producing our own backing tracks and making several recordings.Read More
Since childhood, I have suffered from sinus/throat infections and migraine that made singing painful. I love choral and orchestral harmonies and hoped that one day I might ‘find my voice’ and be able to join in part-singing.
While still working at Canossa Rehabilitation Hospital, I noticed a poster advertising the formation of a new choir for people with Parkinson’s and their supporters. That seemed a non-threatening way to ‘find’ my voice in later life and, at the same time, be supportive of people living with Parkinson’s Disease (some of whom I already knew as patients).
Since retiring, NVC has given me purpose and rewards I never dreamt possible. Linda’s exceptional musical leadership and enthusiasm and the camaraderie with fellow choir members is addictive. There is such triumphal joy in making beautiful music in a group, bonded by the determination to meet challenges head-on.
The journey for this special choir has only just begun. I hope to be able to help and support others to enjoy an exciting and fulfilling ride, too.
To quote our first stunningly challenging song, “To feel the rhythm of life, to feel the powerful beat, to feel the tingle in your fingers, to feel the tingle in your… Life!!!
I love music but have no musical training.
Once I found out I had Parkinson’s Disease, a new journey began for me. I heard about the New Voice Choir through a friend and colleague, Tess.Read More
I love the fellowship and the opportunity to learn more about music. I particularly appreciate Linda’s enthusiasm and inspiring musical knowledge – and she can be lots of fun!
Sometimes it can be very tiring mustering the energy to attend (rehearsals) but then I’m always delighted when I have.
It’s a delight and a privilege to be part of the choir.
I joined the New Voice Choir for voice and breathing benefits. Although I have no musical knowledge, I can see the line I follow. I play Linda’s practice tracks at home often.
Shortly after I joined the choir, I had a fall. The support from the members (who are now friends) was amazing.
I heard about the New Voice Choir (NVC) at a Parkies get-together (my husband has Parkinson’s Disease).
The choir has given me an opportunity to pursue a hobby I’ve long enjoyed (I learnt piano and studied music in high school). It is well structured and a very likeable group of people.Read More
NVC has given me stress relief, new friendships and lots of fun!
Diagnosed 17 years with Parkinson’s. I joined the choir about a year ago to see if singing would help improve voice production. (Recently a shop assistant accused me of shouting at her!)
I have benefitted from the social interaction, lots of laughs and learning new skills in a fun and supportive environment.
Having zero musical abilities before joining the group, I feel a great sense of pride in being part of a choir, particularly when we do public performances.
Thank you Linda for making music lessons fun and enabling me to develop skills without fear of failure.
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