Project information

Hearts In Harmony

Hearts in Harmony is Scotland's first choir for adults with disabilities. Based in Glasgow, around 25 adults meet once a week to sing their hearts out. Often isolated as a result of their health, the members enjoy the singing and the socialising offered by the choir.

January 2017 - April 2017

Charity information: Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland

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  • Need


    The isolation experienced by adults with disabilities as they are often excluded from community activities and as a result may suffer from depression and low self-esteem.


    Hearts in Harmony has been going for 2 years and the feedback from the members provides ample evidence of why it is needed. Comments range from 'the best thing ever' to 'it really lifts my spirits'.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce Isolation


    » The group meets every week to sing together
    » Performance at the day centre for families and friends
    » Performance at external venue to general public

    Evidence will be gathered via evaluation forms and verbal feedback from the choir members, their families and carers

    Aim 2

    Boost confidence


    » The songs are chosen by the group as was the name and as are the solos and instrument players. The therapist ensures everyone has a chance to shine
    » Recording the choir and making a CD

    Evidence will be gathered via evaluation forms and verbal feedback from the choir members, their families and carers

    Aim 3

    Improve general wellbeing


    » Singing, performing and being together is something they all look forward to

    Evidence will be gathered via evaluation forms and verbal feedback from the choir members, their families and carers

  • Impact


    Long-term changes in mental health, confidence and musical ability have been achieved already and will continue. The choir members performed as part of the Commonwealth Games. They have held Christmas concerts and a garden party. We will arrange more opportunities for them to make public appearances.


    Funding is an ongoing risk and we continually apply for funds.
    Accessibility for choir members many of whom are wheelchair bound means public performances can be difficult to get to so we have held three in the day centre itself to ensure maximum participation.


    We will video the choir members to record sound-bites, collect feedback from carers and families, and couldl provide a CD

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,400 Choir Holding 20 choir sessions for 25 adults with disabilities
      £1,200 administration, preparation 1 hour a week for 20 weeks
      £600 Evaluation and Reporting 3 days work
      £400 Making CD compilation 2 days
  • Background


    Glasgow is the highest ranked city in the SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) and Penilee is in the one of the more deprived areas - consistently in bottom 1%-5%. The SIMD measures
    7 domains: Income, Employment, Health, Education,
    Access to Services, Crime and Housing


    The 25 adults who attend the choir regularly and their families/carers. How they benefit depends on their abiilities and conditions. The youngest members is 19 with Downs Syndrome and the oldest will be about 70 with learning disability. It is a wide cross-section who are brought together by music and the power of a shared singing experience.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Nordoff Robbins Scotland is the country's only music therapy charity, founded here in 1996. The therapists have to qualify through a 2 year Masters in Music Therapy - most have studied music or psychology as their firs degree. As Allied Health Professionals, they are required to be members of the Health & Care Professions Council which is the UK regulator and have to commit to a certain number of hours training for their annual CPD.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Laura Burns

    Lead Music Therapist - plans sessions, prepares music and song-sheets and instruments, engages members. liaises with carers

    Volunteer To Be Recruited

    This person will help prepare and set up each session, support the Music Therapist in organising the sessions and performances

Hearts In Harmony


will pay for one disabled adult to attend the choir

I think it's the best thing ever

Christine Higgins