About our choir

Our Community Choir is open to past and present patients, families and carers, and the wider community. Performing a mixture of contemporary music and international folk, we are lead by the incredibly gentle and talented Ruth Ellam, experienced choir leader and music therapist.

There are no auditions, and no requirement to read music, and we do not charge membership fees.


When is it? Wednesdays in term time, 7pm-8.30pm (refreshments available from 6.30pm)

Who can attend? Everyone (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Where is it held? Farleigh Hospice, North Court Road, Chelmsford CM1 7FH

How can I take part? Contact Lucyann Ashdown on 01245 457311 or email [email protected]

About Ruth Ellam

Ruth graduated with a degree in Music and History from Cardiff University, and worked with adults with disabilities before completing her Post Graduate Diploma and then MA in Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin University.  Ruth has worked as a Music Therapist across Essex for nearly 10 years, particularly in Palliative Care with both adults and children, and also in Special Needs schools.


"Lean On Me" by Bill Withers

"Run" by Snow Patrol

"Flowers in the Window" by Travis

"Seasons of Love" from the Broadway musical "Rent"