PhilomenaI joined Ashburton’s With One Voice choir about three years ago as I wanted something of my own to do.

My husband Jon and I used to be involved with square dancing. We are both in wheelchairs, and once our classes stopped, Jon began going to able-bodied classes just to enjoy the music.

Personally, this wasn’t enough for me, and I went looking for another activity. That’s when I found With One Voice Ashburton.

Six months later, Jon joined me. We both really enjoy singing and have always been involved with music in some way, and now singing is something we are working at improving. We never took ourselves as singers, but our conductor, Kym, is very talented, and he is extremely inclusive and fun.

Since January this year, I have been volunteering at the Ashburton choir. I take care of memberships, attendances, and I also manage the database. This month, we have already had seven newcomers – and four of them have already become members!

I encourage anyone to come and give it a go! Just do it! The community within the choir is so kind and supportive, and we really do have a lot of fun!

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