for those with learning difficulties
The children in our choirs come from all over Yorkshire to sing with each other. They learn a variety of songs, some with signs or musical activities. Staff are encouraged to sing and sign along too. The choirs are invited to participate in concerts throughout the year.
Sing along to choir songs with our leaders Jackie, Kate, Sophie and Joanna.
These videos and others were made possible in part by grants from LMEP (Leeds Music Education Partnership).
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Accord choirs are meeting together more and in mixed ways in the spring and summer terms. We are still taking care to help everyone stay safe, including meeting online, mask wearing, distancing and extra cleaning.
For those attending live rehearsals only or live rehearsals and zooms: Per pupil cost is £25 for the year (saving £10), or £15 for Autumn term, £10 for Spring term and £10 for Summer term. School staff and carers do not pay.
Schools that join in on zoom (except those trying out a taster session) only pay £10 per school per zoom. Multiple classes from the same school are welcome to join in.
In Leeds: The Accord choir is for pupils of all ages who have learning and/or communication difficulties. Pupils are taught specially selected songs with good singing technique and occasional games, actions or signs.
When enough schools are able to return to choir, the choir will again divide into One Accord, for secondary age+ pupils, and Young Accord for primary age pupils. Schools usually join one rehearsal each month.
Choir rehearsals are held on Tuesday mornings, either from 10:15 to 11:45 at Meanwood Community Centre in Leeds, or online 10:00-10:45 on zoom. We ask schools to attend at least one rehearsal each month.
Leeds Accord meets:
- 11th January--online on zoom
- 25th January--online on zoom
- 8th February--in person at Meanwood CC
- 15th February--online on zoom
- 8th March--in person at Meanwood CC and online on zoom
- 22nd March--online on zoom (taster session available)
- 26th April--in person at Meanwood CC and online on zoom
- 10th May--online on zoom (taster session available)
- 24th May--in person at Meanwood CC and online on zoom
- 14th June--on zoom only
- 28th June--in person only at St Chad's parish hall, Headingley. One-off come-and-sing workshop
- 5th July--in person only at King's Hall, Ilkley, from 10:45. Public concert 12:45-1:45.
If you are interested in joining the Leeds Accord choir or have any questions, please contact Joanna Winster at:
Tel. 07757 803439
In Wakefield: East Accord is for pupils KS2 and above. There is an emphasis on singing and Makaton signing. Rehearsals are held on monthly Mondays 10:00-11:30 at Manygates Centre, Wakefield.
They perform at events throughout the year, including the Wakefield Hubabaloo and YAMSEN Christmas concert. Click here to view East Accord's Christmas concert!
If you are interested in joining East Accord choir please contact Jackie Craig at: