Welcome to Community Music-Making!

Music is the great uniter. An incredible force.
Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.

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About Nicola Betts

I am passionate about sharing my love of singing and music making with the local community. This stems from my strong belief that music is a powerful tool which can engage and unite people, impacting and benefitting everyone’s emotional, social, and physical wellbeing in wonderful ways.

Community is at the heart of everything I do and I love to reach out to everyone across all ages, from 0-80+ years old! It is my desire that all who participate in my choirs, children’s activites and instrumental/singing lessons will experience the many wonderful benefits to their general wellbeing through singing and music making. It is my hope too that everyone experiences a sense of belonging to a musical community, that they feel connected and valued whilst learning and developing new skills in an environment that is inclusive, friendly, uplifting and most of all, fun!

I invite you to explore this website and please do get in touch if you would like any more information about how you can join or get involved in one or more of the groups.

Nicola (BA (Hons) Music; PGCE; LTCL; ABSM)

Nicola on swing

Experience & Qualifications

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Supporting Various Charities Through Our Work

Total Raised So Far
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Organising charity fundraising events and performances that allow us to raise money and donate to the causes we care deeply about is a real privilege. It benefits more than just the charities we choose to support, it is deeply rewarding for us too. The knowledge that we are helping to improve the lives of others is hugely empowering and reinforces our core values and principles. Our chosen charities to date are:

SASH, Macmillan Cancer Support, Brain Tumour Awareness, The Island, York Against Cancer & Parkinsons UK.

When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people.

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Up & Coming Events

Street Sing on Acomb front street

Friday July 5th at 11.15am

The York Wellbeing Choir will be singing on Acomb Front Street to entertain local shoppers (Weather Permitting)         

Charity Fundraising Summer Choir Concert

Saturday July 27th at 7pm

Join three York based choirs & special guests for a heartwarming and uplifting evening of music and giving back at our Summer Charity Concert at The Gateway Centre in Acomb

As featured in BBC Radio

My Moment of Reflection that was broadcast on BBC Radio York, BBC Sheffield & BBC Leeds on a Sunday morning in March 2024.

Share this far and wide – it’s like a delicious piece of chocolate cake! Bound to bring a smile however glum you’re feeling. Inspirational too.

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Adventures with community

The York Wellbeing Choir

Nicola leads The York Wellbeing which is based The Gateway Centre in Acomb. The Wellbeing Choir is a large and inclusive Community Choir that places huge importance on all aspects of our General Wellbeing as well as giving opportunities for choir members to learn and develop new skills in singing. There are also many wonderful opportunities to perform and give back to the community through raising money for charity. 

Children's choir outside the Gateway Centre


Chechelele is a vibrant and dynamic Acapella World Music Choir based in York who specialise in singing traditional songs from all around the world.

Chechelele, pronounced cheh-cheh-leh-leh, is a word from the South African Ndebele language, meaning ‘HAPPY’!

Nicola and John performing at York Hospital

The Rhythm of Life Singers

The Rhythm of Life Singers is a joyous, friendly, fun and inclusive choir for people whose lives have been touched by cancer. It is based at The Leveson Centre in York, a support centre for people living with cancer which is funded by York Against Cancer.

Street Singing with neighbours standing outside their homes singing together
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Alex and P Tiny Toes Members
Nicola creates a warm and welcoming environment which my little girl loves. She has been coming to Tiny Toes since she was 8 weeks old, and it’s been brilliant seeing her benefit from lots of different types of stimulation and social opportunities as her little personality develops. Tiny Toes is a friendly space, and as a new mum it has been fantastic for building my confidence in getting out and about.
Alex & P
Tiny Toes Music
Jeannie Wellbeing Choir Member
Nicola has the dual gift of teaching us to harmonise to our very best ability whilst also entertaining us by her vibrant personality. No matter how grey the day she raises our spirits and the smiling faces and laughter as we leave are testimony to the joy that we have all shared.
Wellbeing Choir
Phil Hay
Nicola is an incredibly positive teacher who strikes a great balance between support, encouragement and setting high standards. She wants her pupils to have fun but also to make progress and she has a strong focus on enabling them to perform in public and grow in confidence. Our daughter has thoroughly enjoyed being taught by her.
Phil Hay
Private Tuition
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Thank You

Thank you to my very dear family, friends and all people simply ‘passing through’ who have volunteered, helped, encouraged, championed and supported my wonderfully colourful world of community music making. Every act, gesture and word of kindness whether big or small in encouragement to myself and/or to one other is never wasted, is always appreciated and really does make a difference.

Thank you so much to Elly Ross, my friend and a very talented photographer . Elly’s photographs appear throughout this website and truly capture the joy of community singing and music making in the loveliest and most unique ways.

Thank you also to Mike Darley and Jenny Jones for their fabulous photos of the York Wellbeing Choir performing at The Community Choir Festival in The Joseph Rowntree Theatre, and to Odette and David Marshall for their wonderful photos and videos of the York Wellbeing Choir in action!

 Thank you to all the staff at The Gateway Centre in Acomb for accommodating us in such a beautiful venue, and for your care and support.

Thank you to both Mits and Vicky for their heart, insight and skill in capturing the essence of my work in this beautiful website. I have loved working with you both.

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