Musichoir gave me a huge lift, sense of purpose, a challenge and, most importantly, introduced me to the friendliest bunch of people in both Glasgow and Ayrshire. Following a very difficult time in my life, there was a period when I had to dig deep just to get by. At times I felt extremely isolated/lost. By chance I saw Musichoir perform in a concert and were immediately bowled over by the most enthusiastic group of folk from all walks of life, giving their all on stage. I sang along gleefully, if rather badly, to 'Higher and Higher' etc. When Neil turned round onstage and suggested to the audience that this was a choir for everyone and 'please join us', it was a no-brainer! I rather nervously joined up in January of 2014. I had hardly stepped in the door and I was singing...and loving it! It's hard to describe the wondrous feeling you experience when you're surrounded by beautifully blended voices. This is a special, special choir with so many special, special people and my involvement in the choir has transformed my life beyond belief.
I joined Musichoir in 2011/12 because I love singing. Musichoir has helped me through difficult health issues and has helped me forget them for a wee while. I have struggled with anxiety issues which have became worse in the last year which have partially stopped me taking part in concerts but I was determined I would go back. So glad I did and also in all the other concerts we have done in the past have helped me cope. Also the support I have from folk in the choir have helped me deal with things. I have time's I cope and times I don't but try to distract myself with choir. I always at some point are amazed how good we all sound when it all comes together.
This is what the choir means to me, I was diagnosed with bipolar in 2012 ever since I can remember I struggled with severe depression and manic highs and have had 2 failed attempts at suicide. I live every day with crippling paranoia, I have a fab mental health team whom I see monthly one of my friends suggested the choir when it first started but I wasn't in a good place to consider it. Few years down the line I'm in the choir and absolutely love it my mental health team even notice a big difference and my psychiatrist is so pleased with my improvement he's looking to get me off lithium. I still struggle with paranoia but I think that's life for me ! But the choir has given me a quality of life that I never thought I could have and wonderful friends and instead of having suicidal thoughts I concentrate on making beautiful memories for my children and grand children. I've even took the step to push boundaries by auditioning for solo parts which amazed my children. I don't know where I would be without musichoir x
Tania Garrity Neil
It has been become much more than just a choir. It's the nights out, the theatre trips, the charity fundraisers, book club.....Real friendships have been forged all because we stand together to sing.
Musichoir has changed my life....and me....forever. Sounds dramatic but so true. It has helped me through some sad and difficult times by giving me joy, laughter, confidence and many wonderful friends. Neil's teaching, encouragement and sense of fun make Monday nights the highlight of the week, can't imagine life without Musichoir!!