Stroke-a-Chord is a choir composed of stroke survivors with aphasia (loss of speech after stroke). The members can sing even though they cannot speak. The choir sang at a performance for family and friends in September 2010. Over 160 people attended and the choir members reported increased self confidence and improved self esteem as a consequence of this successful performance.
The Stroke-a-Chord choir made their official public debut performance on 17 September 2011 to sold out crowd at the Karralyka Centre in Ringwood. They will be looking to make further public performances in 2012. By performing in public the choir members will experience further increased self esteem and improved social communicative interaction which both contribute to improved quality of life.
The choir had their Christmas breakup Concert on Tuesday 17th December at 111 Mangans Road, Lilydale beautiful property with lovely gardens. It was a very enjoyable day. "Tasty AZ Catering" served us Christmas High Tea before the choir performed. The choir finished the year with another outstanding performance. Stroke a Chord performed for LGPro Aged and Disability care conference at CQ Function Centre, Queen Street city. OMG they sang so well and their voices were stronger than ever!!! Well done everyone.
Another great performance by the choir
The choir had their Christmas breakup Concert on Tuesday 17th December at 111 Mangans Road, Lilydale beautiful property with lovely gardens. It was a very enjoyable day. "Tasty AZ Catering" served us Christmas High Tea before the choir performed. The choir finished the year with another outstanding performance.
Stroke a Chord performed for LGPro Aged and Disability care conference at CQ Function Centre, Queen Street city. OMG they sang so well and their voices were stronger than ever!!! Well done everyone.
Communication Rights Australia Concert
The choir performed today at an afternoon of fun and song at the Communication Rights Australia Community performance day at Phoenix Park East Malvern. There were some fabulous performances including Dazzling Danny the Magician and Eden Parris performing a moving rendition of "The Boxer". Congratulations Communication Rights Australia, keep up the good work. "Just because you can't speak doesn't mean you have nothing to say".
Australian Music Therapy Association National conference
Stroke a Chord "wowed" 180+ Music Therapists yesterday at their Australian National conference in Melbourne. The choir sang to a rapt audience and the highlight was 3 wonderful solos by Pat, Adrian and Rhonda. Yooralla's Music Therapist Anja Tanhane and Speech Pathologist Bronwen Jones presented a paper on the choir prior to the performance.
Karralyka concert How good were the "Stroke A Chord" choir yesterday. Another fantastic performance by everyone. The "Thank you for the music" theme was enjoyed by all. Many DVD's and book's were sold. Thank you for supporting our choir. Another wonderful concert by "Stroke A Chord," congratulations to the choir. Congratulations also to Anja Tanhane the Music Therapist, Bronwen Jones Speech Pathologist, musicians and the rest of the "Stroke A Chord" Committee. The choir's best concert yet!!! Thank you for the music - an article about Stroke A Chord in a magazine from the Royal Australian College of General Practioners.
A big thank you to Anja (music therapist) conductor also on keyboard. Adrian, Jeremy and Barry our three guitar players, and Matsumi our little drummer boy, also Sally on violin, and all our singers. Robyn for making up all the photo's of everyone that were on show in the foyer. Well done everyone!!!
Concert - Karralyka Centre 17th August 2013
Rhonda Gus & John
Inger, The Honourable Mary Wooldridge MP and Robyn The Honourable Mary Wooldridge MP, Robyn, Jeanette and Bill
violinist Music Therapist Sally Banks Rod Quantock (comedian) & Matsumi Karasaki (drumming)
Anja Tanhane (Yooralla Music Therapist and conductor) The Honourable David Hodgett MP (member for Kilsyth),
and Adrian Batt (multi-talented musician) David, Pat and Inger
The Honourable David Hodgett MP (member for Kilsyth), Peter Ruzyla (CEO "each"), Anja Tanhane (Music Therapist
Wendy Lyons (Croydon Stroke Support), Bronwen Jones Yooralla), David Hodgett (State member for Kilsyth), Bronwen
(Speech Pathologist Yooralla), The Honourable Mary Jones (Speech Pathologist Yooralla C.A.N), Denise West (Scope
Wooldridge MP (member for Doncaster) manager C.A.N) and Mary Wooldrige (State member for Doncaster)
Thank you for the music
Music therapy is helping improve the lives of a group of Melbourne stroke survivors. To read the article, please see page 16 after clicking on the download of issue 8 from the link below.
How good were the "Stroke A Chord" choir yesterday. Another fantastic performance by everyone. The "Thank you for the music" theme was enjoyed by all. Many DVD's and book's were sold. Thank you for supporting our choir.
Another wonderful concert by "Stroke A Chord," congratulations to the choir. Congratulations also to Anja Tanhane the Music Therapist, Bronwen Jones Speech Pathologist, musicians and the rest of the "Stroke A Chord" Committee. The choir's best concert yet!!!
Thank you for the music - an article about Stroke A Chord in a magazine from the Royal Australian College of General Practioners.
Stroke-a-Chord had the screening of their documentary last week, and it was a great success. Had great feed back from many of the audience.
Amazing Singing Voices
The choir has made the final edition of the Maroondah Weekly, please see story below.
All together now: They're the voice
THEY may not be able to speak properly, but members of Stroke-a-Chord have amazing singing voices. Stroke-a-Chord is a choir featuring stroke survivors suffering from aphasia. Aphasia is loss of speech and comprehension due to brain damage caused by a stroke.
Click on link below for the news article with photo in full
Stroke-a-Chord choir had a concert recently at South Croydon Anglican Church. The choir was in good voice and gave a great performance, it was an enjoyable afternoon. People from the church put on a very nice afternoon tea. Thank-you to all involved.
"Voices" is a collection of the stories of a group of people who have triumphed over adversity, stroke and the loss of speech, to come together to sing their way to laughter, friendship and acceptance of life the way it is now.
- Sue Scott
"Voices" a beautifully edited account of the lives, past and present, of the 'Stroke-a-Chord' choir. A wonderful story of Stroke Survivors who have battled on no matter what, to try and make some normality of their lives against all odds!! Well worth the read, congratulations to each and everyone of them.
- Sandra Hartnell
"Voices" tell the stories of individual in 'Stroke-a-Chord' choir. All united by a single moment-stroke. All ages, all backgrounds and circumstances. Very moving and uplifting. These people are giving hope with their message that there is life after adversity. Highly recommended.
- Bronwen Jones
To purchase "Voices" book $25- (p & h)
'Tip of My Tongue' Sing Along
This is a great song about APHASIA, a communications disability often resulting from Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury. Speech is what makes us human, and the loss of that ability is very frustrating. This song shares some of that frustration with you.
It is performed by Aphasia Survivors from the Las Vegas Aphasia Lunch Bunch, and was written by Dave Nachmanoff and Aphasia Survivors from the Adler Aphasia Centre. They are just some of the one million Aphasia Survivors wishing to be heard again, and hoping patience and caring will allow them to be a part of your world.
Wow....the choir has it's 3rd Birthday this week. Everyone celebrated today with a yummy cake thanks to Glenda for organising the lovely cake. The choir was in very good voice today as usual. Some photo's singing Happy Birthday.
Convention Centre performance
Photo's taken on the night Stroke-a-Chord choir performed at the Convention Centre in front of over 600 people. It was at LGPro Annual Conference. The choir were amazing yet again. When they came off the stage they were served a very nice meal. Some travelled by bus and on the way home had a real jam session. It was a great night.
Photos of Stroke A Chord's concert 14 July 2012
For further information about Jon Osborne Photography see flickr
Oh Joy Oh Rapture
Stroke A Chord Choir produced yet another endearing and energetic performance at Karralyka Centre on Saturday, 14th July, 2012.
Sincere apologies to all those who missed the concert - you've guessed it! Yes, another sell out!!
Anneliss Way and Leon Moore are to be congratulated for their guidance and expertise in steering
this wonderful group of stroke survivors to perform another heart stopping performance. The audience joined in several times, thanks to Henry's insistence (one of our more lucid choir members) giving the performance a party atmosphere.
Many thanks to Peter Hitchener for launching the Choir's new book "Voices". The book details the personal journey of each choir member, before and after Stroke, beautifully set out and well worth the read.
Special recognition must be given to all the tireless workers behind the scenes - they know who they are! Each one puts their heart and soul into making sure everything runs smoothly on the day - and it always does. Well done to each and everyone of you.
Looking forward to the next public performance!!
Stroke A Chord is now on facebook
A facebook page has been developed for Stroke A Chord.
Stroke is the second biggest killer in Australia, after cancer, and more people will have strokes as the population ages. Some of those who have strokes lose the ability to speak, but not to sing. We hear a performance from the Stroke a Chord choir in Melbourne and also discuss the experience of stroke, emerging research and the rehabilitation challenges.