Accent is also on vocal cords

Edna Long (third from left) with fellow choir members Dossie Gilbride, of Melville,Terry Potter, of Rossmoyne, and Les Smith, of Bicton.Picture: Martin Kennealey d402014
Edna Long (third from left) with fellow choir members Dossie Gilbride, of Melville,Terry Potter, of Rossmoyne, and Les Smith, of Bicton.Picture: Martin Kennealey d402014

She performed a solo part in a performance alongside 11 other singers who took to the stage at St Stephen’s Church in Applecross as part of the Parkinson’s Disease Choir.

Each member of the choir suffers from the disorder, which affects centres in the brain responsible for muscle movement, strength and co-ordination, which results in difficulties with speech.

Ms Long said the choir was part of a group voice therapy program at Fremantle Hospital’s Moss Street Centre that helped people with Parkinson’s in the South Metropolitan area.

‘Both the choir and therapy have made a huge difference to me,’ she said. ‘It’s marvellous to be able to sing again and I’m conversing with people with so much more confidence than before.’