Recovery Ally Choir

The Recovery Ally Choir provides a safe, joyful, and encouraging environment for members to celebrate recovery through music, singing and community.

The choir was founded by John Freyer in 2018 and is currently directed by Robin Rio. While our membership is primarily composed of persons in long term recovery, most of whom are affiliated with twelve step programs, we are open to multiple pathways to recovery and welcome recovery allies, friends and family to sing with us.

The Recovery Ally Choir seeks to help build a recovery-ready community in Richmond and beyond.

Learn the Song

This is a tutorial for the song "One Foot in Front of the Other" by Pete Wyer and John Freyer. Lida Bourhill is teaching the song to members of the Recovery Ally Choir of Richmond. We are a singing group for persons in recovery and our allies. We sing a wide range of non-religious music, including music composed for and by persons in recovery.

InLight 2018

The Recovery Ally Choir of Richmond performing a selection of songs at InLight at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in November 2018. Many thanks to 1708 Gallery for hosting us.

Tate Late 2018

This is the UK premier of the song "One Foot in Front of the Other" by Pete Wyer and John Freyer. Performed at Tate Modern by UK Recovery Choirs Unite, featuring choirs from London, Brighton and Middlesbrough UK. The song was written for Fifty/Fifty - John Freyer's Tate Exchange Program in June 2018


This is a recording of a performance by the Recovery Ally Choir and the RVA Street Singers at a remembrance event for people who lost their lives to substance use disorders. The RVA Street Singers have generously supported the Recovery Ally Choir with their voices and passion.