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Posted On: 19th Sep 2013

Hitting the Right Note

Fixer Courtney and the choir in action
Fixer Courtney Reeve
Fixer Courtney leading vocal warm-up exercises

A Suffolk Fixer with cerebral palsy, who wanted to start a choir to help disabled people in her town feel less isolated, has held her first session.

 

Seven budding musicians joined Courtney Reeve, who is also autistic, at Mildenhall College on 17th September to take part in the 'Voice for Change' choir practice.

 

The 16-year-old, who led the vocal warm-ups, says: ‘I loved leading the choir and teaching them all singing exercises.

 

‘I was inspired to do something to celebrate the musical talents of people with disabilities.

 

‘A choir gives you a sense of community and worth.’

 

Courtney says she has often been called names by people because she has cerebral palsy, which causes her speech to become slurred and her movements to be uncoordinated.

 

With her Fixers project, she aims to show other disabled people the benefits of music in building self-esteem.

 

Courtney personally has found that being creative has helped her make friends and overcome obstacles.

 

She hopes the choir will grow in numbers each week and would like to encourage everyone, whatever their disability, to join in. 

 

If you would like to take part in Courtney's 'Voice for Change' choir sessions, which take place between 4,30pm and 5,30pm on Tuesdays, please contact Mildenhall College on 01638 714645.

Author: Emily Tolloczko

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