Stroke a Chord turns four!
On May 13th Stroke a Chord celebrated four years of support for people who cannot speak but can sing. They celebrated in style with a fabulous Birthday cake and of course lots of singing.
The choir for people with stroke and aphasia (loss of speech after a stroke) was started in 2010 by community partners Croydon Stroke Support, Maroondah Council’s CommunicationAccess Network service.
It is currently staffed by Yooralla’s Music Therapist, Anja Tanhane and Yooralla’s CAN service Speech Pathologist Bronwen Jones. It is also ably supported by some fabulous volunteer musicians and wonderful carers/partners of choir members.
People with little or no speech after stroke can often sing and the power of hearing their voices again has had an enormous emotional impact on the choir members and all who know them.
The choir started with 14 people singing favourite well known songs and now has almost 30 people who learn new songs, perform harmonies and even sing solos.
The choir has gone from strength to strength, with three sold out annual public performances, publication of a book of their stories (Voices) and a documentary available for purchase or online viewing.
The choir received birthday wishes from friends around the world via an international interest group which was initiated in partnership with California State University. The group “Aphasia Choirs Go Global” celebrates the positive impacts of singing for stroke survivors with little or no speech and also promotes self-advocacy, community education and empowerment.
For more information go to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/strokeachord
View the choir documentary on: www.disabilitybusters.com
Purchase the book of their personal stories “Voices” on the Yooralla website www.yooralla.com.au
By Bronwen Jones