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.


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.