Singing in choirs is good for you. I know it is because I have been leading choirs (amongst other things) for a decade and I have seen it first-hand.
Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, has studied developmental and medical aspects of singing for 30 years and he says the health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological. “Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavor.”
Currently, I lead Fascinating Rhythm Community Choir in Ramsbottom. The choir is an a capella harmony choir (singing in parts without accompaniment) and has been in existence since September 2012. We meet at Ramsbottom Civic Hall on Monday nights from 7pm until 8.30pm and we have a great time.
But don’t take it from me; this is what members of Fascinating Rhythm have to say on the subject:
‘There’s a definite feel good factor in the room which improves Mondays no end.’
‘I’ve been through such a difficult time; being in a choir takes away stress with the great advantage of meeting new friends. I love it.’
‘If you’re feeling a bit low your mood improves when you start singing together. It is good to enjoy a shared experience with friends.’
‘Having thought I would not like to perform in front of an audience, I found I really enjoyed the Christmas gigs we did and I’m looking forward to future concerts. I actually felt quite proud of doing it.’
‘Monday evening has become one of the highlights of my life. I get a fantastic therapy session, loads of laughs, meet with friends and learn to sing harmony.’
Nuff said.
If you want to find out more about Fascinating Rhythm Choir please contact or ring Stef on 07834 174589.
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