Formed in 2012, BrainWaves started as an initiative of Hunter New England Health’s Community Stroke Team and then became the basis of Choir Director Bernadette Matthias’ PhD research project into stroke recovery. The BrainWaves research has been supported by the National Stroke Foundation as the findings clearly showed choir members and their carers reporting benefits in communication skills, socialisation, mood and wellbeing.
With the assistance of private donor, BrainWaves became a key member of the University of Newcastle’s Conservatorium of Music Community Choirs program. It has grown into a talented and inspiring group where warm friendships and fun are as important as the music that is made. The Conservatorium BrainWaves Stroke Choir operates under the patronage of the Stroke Recovery Association.
Some members of the BrainWaves Choir have Aphasia, a communication impairment that can affect an individual’s ability to speak or understand others’ speech. It can also affect reading and writing, but sometimes, despite being unable to speak, people with aphasia can still sing.
BrainWaves rehearse every Saturday during the school terms, at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.
To find out more, visit BrainWaves