Wellbeing Choir, Harrogate

Emerging Voices is proud to announce a new wellbeing choir starting in Harrogate on Friday 6th March 2-4pm at the Acorn Centre working in partnership with Harrogate Mind.

The choir is open to anyone with lived experience of mental ill health and based on the model of Communitas choir, Converge whom Emerging Voices helps to support. 

Wayne Dawson, a local choir leader and community musician, will be leading the new choir. 

We would like to especially thank the Dragons and Two Ridings for making this possible.

We look forward to seeing you all there and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.



On Saturday 7th December we had our first composition showcase in the Chapel at York St John University. Two self-taught composers, Alex Long and John Michael Kirkman, were mentored by music tutor Aaron Soon who is a music graduate of York St John University

For Alex it was the first time he had ever performed his work in public. Since his debut performance, Alex in interested in doing another showcase and has released a single.

Please click on the link to hear it:

(Please be aware there are some explicit lyrics)

A big thank you to Alex and John for sharing their music, Aaron for organising this event and Converge staff and students for supporting it. Thank you also to York St John University music students Emily Lawler, Tom Crawley for their performances and music production student Fergal Ransom for recording and sound.

Alex and Aaron.

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Communitas choir is branching out to Harrogate.

On 3rd October Emerging Voices took part in Two Ridings High Sheriff’s Dragons’ Den at Rudding Park Hotel. Communitas member Paul Mountain and trustees Laurie Farnell and Lucy Coleman did a 5 minute pitch to the ‘Dragons’ (who were very nice!) alongside 5 other charities to gain funding. It was a nerve wracking and fantastic event. All of the charities who took part gained access to vital funding due to the generous donations of the six ‘Dragons’ and audience members. It was a great surprise to be awarded one of the highest amounts! The money raised will go towards starting a Communitas choir in Harrogate.

Communitas choir in York has been running for 10 years now and is supported by Converge and Emerging Voices. It is an accessible, flexible and socially inclusive community choir with 40 plus members and a lifeline of support outside of NHS mental health services. We are looking forward to starting this new branch of Communitas and the two choirs working together in the new future.

A big thank you to Two Ridings for such a wonderful opportunity and Communitas choir in York.

From left Laurie Farnell, Lucy Coleman and Paul Mountain at Rudding Park Hotel.

Our First Blog Post

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

Welcome to Emerging Voices. We are a charity based in York in the UK that aims to use music to promote social inclusion, empowerment and the potential of people who have lived experience of mental illness.

We aim to use this site to keep you up to date with what we’re doing and the exciting projects that our participants are involved in.

Keep watching…and listening to this space!