Chris Bartram is an experienced freelance community musician and music educator, based in York. He passionately believes in the power of singing to promote physical and mental health/well-being, and runs a variety of singing workshops. These includes the workshops ‘Healthy Singing, Singing for Health’, and ‘Free Your Voice’, which can be run in various formats, from a half day to several days as required.
As part of Converge, based at York St John University (www.yorksj.ac.uk/converge) Chris directs ‘Communitas’, a choir for users of mental health services. For the City of York’s new Culture and Wellbeing initiative he is also currently leading monthly healthy singing workshops – ‘A Cuppa and A Chorus’ – at the National Centre for Early Music and at York’s main library ‘Explore York’.
Past singing work includes leading ‘Sing Up’ training for teachers and children, and directing Accessible Arts & Media’s renowned ‘Hands & Voices’ choir for adults with learning and communication disabilities. He has recently been Artistic Director for ‘Hands & Voices’, supporting them in devising their latest multimedia, cross-disciplinary stage production.