About

The Cantabrainers Choir is a therapeutic choir, led by a registered Music Therapist (Kimberley Wade, Southern Music Therapy) and a registered Speech Language Therapist (Angela Reimer, STAR). Cantabrainers exists for people with neurological conditions such as Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Brain Injury, helping them to improve their voice and communication through singing and socialising.


The choir was established by Therapy Professionals Ltd in 2012, and on 1 January 2019 the Cantabrainers Therapeutic Choir Charitable Trust took over the management of the Choir.

 

Through creating a sustainable therapeutic choir, the Trust enables participation, connection and enrichment of the lives of choir members, their carers and families as well as the wider community.

The Choir differs from other community choirs in that you don’t have to be a ‘singer’; it’s about learning to use the voice effectively, in a fun way; it suits a wide range of abilities; the pace is slower; the repertoire is chosen to target specific difficulties; it’s not as challenging; and practice is in the morning when people are fresh. 

Whilst the Music Therapist leads and accompanies the choir, the Speech Language Therapist focuses on clients who require individual support during the session. Together, their combined skills, provide the members with not only obvious clinical improvements, but also provide the framework for strong social interactions between all, leading to increased confidence, enjoyment and energy.

The close collaboration between the Music Therapist and Speech Language Therapist both before and during the sessions, using a variety of elements of music and speech (rhythm, pace, pitch and volume), enables those who have difficulty with vocal expression and communication caused by neurological conditions to “find their voice”.  

OUR MISSION

to connect, enable and enrich the lives of choir members, their carers and families as well as the wider community, through the medium of a sustainable therapeutic choir
 

Singing helps Communication and Confidence

The music has been a real uplift and meeting new people has been wonderful and so much fun. I have a lot more confidence than I had. It’s got me out of my cage.

Lois James

Do I have to be a singer?

The Cantabrainers Choir differs from other choirs as the singing is about learning to use the voice effectively, in a fun way. It is run by a Music Therapist and Speech Language Therapist, in an environment where people with similar issues feel comfortable and less likely to be judged. It suits a wide range of abilities.  You don’t have to be a ‘singer’. Songs are chosen, developed and adapted to suit the needs of participants. Call us for a chat if you're not sure whether you or your loved one is suited to the choir.

Choir Goals

The choir aims to improve and maintain communication through physical activity, social interaction, and emotional development.  Education about communication disorders and the role of music in recovery is also provided. We work closely with the CeleBRation Choir in Auckland - the choir who provided inspiration for the establishment of the Cantabrainers. Several other choirs are also being established in New Zealand, please contact our Music Therapist or Speech-Language Therapist for further information.

About Us
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Cantabrainers Choir is a therapeutic choir for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis and brain injury. It is run by a registered music therapist and a registered speech- language therapist. 

Email: cantabrainerschoir@gmail.com

Phone: 021 027 13015

Charities Service Reg. No.: CC55726

Choir Sessions

Where: Mary Potter Community Centre

When:  Wednesday during school term

Time: 10AM - 11:45AM

Cost: $10 per session

Address: 442 Durham Street North · Christchurch

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