One Voice: West of England Associate Choir

A Musical Community Without Barriers

The One Voice: West of England Associate Choir is run by The West of England Music Alliance and supported by Soundabout. The Choir welcomes people of all ages and abilities and their families/ carers.

The choir celebrates that everyone has their own way of sharing their voice. Here are a few examples of ways you could join in:

  • Singing or vocalisations
  • Making sounds with an instrument or sound maker
  • Using technology e.g. an iPad or EyeGaze
  • Movement and dance
  • Signing; We use a mix of movement, BSL, Signalong and Makaton to interpret lyrics*

By welcoming all voices we aim to be as inclusive as possible, and actively try to remove barriers to participation from those with severe and profound learning disabilities. 

The choir sings songs chosen by members and occasionally writes their own songs. Every piece of music is designed so that members can be involved in their own way. 

The choir is free to join, there are no auditions, and you do not need to be able to read music notation.

*We do not claim to be Makaton, Signalong or BSL accredited. We work closely with volunteers, choir members and use resources available on YouTube to create our signing videos and inform our delivery. Our aim is to support musical engagement and enjoyment through movement. Please visit MakatonSignalong and/or BSL for more information and more accredited ways to learn. 

When & Where?

They are offering a mixture of face-to-face and virtual rehearsals so that you can join in however is best for you!

Face-to-Face Rehearsals 

  • We meet in-person once a half term on a Sunday from 11am – 12.30pm
  • These are ran in a hybrid way so if you can’t join us in-person you can still join via zoom.

Virtual Rehearsals

  • The choir meets on alternate Sundays at 11am-12pm on Zoom.
Upcoming Rehearsal Dates

Please contact The West of England Music Alliance for upcoming dates!

What is it like to be a Choir Member?

Don’t Stop Moving by the Soundabout Inclusive Choirs from Bristol and Wiltshire
‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’ by The King’s Singers, Soundabout Choirs & Friends

I heard my son sing quite a lot and attempt to join in at times. He also tried to sign, which he hasn’t engaged with before.

The sense of achievement when the others have enjoyed his performance. Immense pride …

To see my daughter’s face light up when she was asked to play her ukulele was priceless …

The One Voice: West of England Associate Choir is run by West of England Music Alliance (North Somerset Music Service, South Gloucestershire Music Hub and BANES Music Service and Music Education Hub)