Chessel Chanters is a choir of 20+ singers all of whom have Parkinson's disease or who are supporting someone with the condition. The group has been running for 7 years.

Venue: 

Freemantle United Reformed Church Hall, 257, Shirley Road, Shirley, Southampton SO15 3HS.

(This is have a NEW venue.)

Times:

1.45 pm to 3.45 pm Tuesdays (except 2nd Tuesday in the month)

£5 per session.

With a wheelchair accessible toilet and free on-site parking. 

The rehearsals are very joyful and uplifting occasions. Singing is great for people with Parkinson's as it helps with breathing, rhythm, voice volume and concentration. All singing releases endorphins which make you feel good and in this environment people can forget any medical issues and just have a good old sing because everyone in the room understands what it is like to live with Parkinson's. The group warm up with specific body, breath and vocal exercises (and lots of laughter) before practicing songs to perform, often in 3 part harmony. No experience or ability to read music required, all songs taught by ear. There is a refreshment break halfway through for tea and biscuits and to have a good old chat.

Choir member Colin says “I felt apprehensive to walk through the door that first day, I didn’t know what to expect but everyone is friendly and we support each other.  It is great fun and I always go home feeling on top of the world!” 

New members always welcome.

Contact Pauline McWilliams 07548 128216 or [email protected]