How we started

Started in 2006, and going strong in 2019

The Mind & Soul choir was formed in 2006 to promote mental wellbeing through singing and to reduce the stigma around mental illness.

Currently based at the Maudlsey Hospital in south London, the choir opened its doors to anyone that wanted to join in, including service users, staff, family, friends, carers and people from the local area. Since the outset, the choir has helped to create uplifting and positive experiences for members and audiences through the joy of shared singing.

From 2006 under the careful guidance of  Musical Director  Lea Cornthwaite, the choir  built a wide repertoire and  performed on many occasions in a wide variety of venues. We made our Wigmore Hall debut in 2014 singing in the World premiere of Jocelyn Pook’s ‘Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices’.

In September 2018 Nicola Widenbach took over as Musical Director bringing her fantastic  style, experience and commitment  to further develop the Mind and Soul Choir and in particular sharing our experiences with other Community Choirs.