A still from a video of Euan, white male late 20s singing facing a computer screen with his mum

Euan’s story

Euan is 28 years old and has autism. He lives at home with his parents, and all three of them have been joining in with the Nordoff Robbins inclusive online choir since it started in April.

Euan is 28 years old and has autism. He lives at home with his parents, and all three of them have been joining in with the Nordoff Robbins inclusive online choir since it started in April.

Before lockdown, Euan was very active in the community, working in a café and playing regularly with a local samba drumming group. His sister Jenny, who is a music therapist at Nordoff Robbins, suggested he try the choir as a means of maintaining some group music-making in his life during this time. He has chosen to attend every week and really enjoys the experience.

His dad Kevin said, “Euan hasn’t previously been a member of any choir, but the overall experience has really felt like being part of a big happy group. It has been a great opportunity and we look forwards to it continuing post-lockdown.

About his own experience of getting involved, Kevin said that “Emily (Nordoff Robbins music therapist) does a fantastic job in making it a fun 45 minutes for all regardless of age or ability. The way she structures and manages the session means the time is used very effectively and although, for the most part, you only hear yourself and Emily singing you really feel like you are singing with everyone else – harmonies included!”

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