Mind & Soul Choir

 Mind & Soul Choir singing in John Browne's 'A Nightingale Sang' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2011

Mind & Soul Choir singing in John Browne's 'A Nightingale Sang' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2011

Lea was the founding music director of the Mind & Soul Choir. This innovative choir was set up as a way of promoting mental wellbeing and reducing some of the stigma surrounding mental illness through singing. The choir website can be found here. Please contact the choir through their website for information about joining or events.

In his time as MD, the choir has performed in a variety of venues, from being the after dinner entertainment for the Florence Nightingale Foundation's gala evening to singing in John Browne's 'A Nightingale Sang' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. They have performed at venues such as the Royal Opera House, the South Bank Centre, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Roundhouse, as well as many local South London venues.

The choir made its Wigmore Hall debut in 2014 singing in the World premiere of Jocelyn Pook's 'Fanfare and Variations for Voices'. A short film made by the BBC about the piece and its performance can be found here.

Click here to go to an interview about Mind & Soul Choir with one of the singers, Gillian Ashwood, which was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 3's The Choir on 5 January 2014. It illustrates the power of singing on good mental health.