Choirs and workshops
for adults with learning difficulties
Sing from home with Mavis, Joanna, Sophie, Kate, Jackie & Jo!
Click on the video to play. This playlist includes songs that we will sing together in person and on zoom.
These videos have been made possible by grants from Aspire.
For credits and permissions of individual songs, please see the descriptions on the videos by clicking on the YouTube logo.
Our YAM [YAMSEN Adult Music] groups meet weekly on Friday mornings during the academic year. At the moment we are swapping fortnightly between singing at West Park United Reformed Church and online sing-alongs on zoom. Later in the year we hope to meet at the chuch every week and incorporate some instrumental and movement-based music workshops into our sessions.
On singing mornings the Off By Heart choir and the All Together group meet to sing, with some tunes that include actions and props. Off By Heart perform at various concerts and festivals throughout the year.
Workshop mornings can include guests concerts, playing instruments, talent shows, arts and crafts. Our songs and workshops are chosen with input from our customers.
We are opening back up carefully at the moment, so an invitation is needed to attend the singing sessions at the church.
For more information including risk assessments, to request an invitation back, to register or to try a taster session, please contact one of our leaders.
The YAM team are busy getting us all back together.
We are invitingall of our YAM singers back to sing with us again. Those who aren't able to come at the moment can still take part on zoom during singing mornings. Please let a leader know if you haven't been back yet and are planning to return.
There will be songs to sing along and move to, solo spots, listening games and instrument workshops.
Rehearsal and concert information:
- We meet on Fridays 10:30-12 during term time at West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane, Leeds.
- Singing mornings are:
- 10 June
- 24 June
- 8 July
- Workshop mornings are:
- 17 June -- singing games
- 1 July -- rehearsal and samba
- 15 July -- summer theme
- 22 July -- end of year party
- Each session costs £3 per customer. Carers and staff do not pay.
- Customers are also invited to sing at the YAMSEN and Wharfedale Summer Concert at King's Hall, Ilkley, on 5th July 12:45-1:45. Contact Sue (below) if you would like to attend or sit in the audience.
Zoom singing information:
- Zoom dates are available during singing sessions:
- 10 June
- 24 June
- 8 July
- You do not need to pay if you join on zoom.
- Contact Joanna Winster (below) for more information about joining by zoom, including for meeting ID and password
You can contact us by email (below), or through the YAMSEN facebook page or YAMSEN twitter account. You can also contact Joanna on WhatsApp or messenger. We appreciate what families or carers can do to help us and our customers to stay connected, so a big thank you!
Sue Siddall, email@example.com, 0113 275 8991
Mavis West, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0113 268 3302
Joanna Winster, email@example.com, 07757 803439
Please note: YAM sessions are starting back gradually, and we will let customers know when we are ready for them to come back. Please only go to choirs or workshops if you have been invited and if you are feeling well. If you have any questions please contact choir leaders.