I hope you are well and enjoying the longer days and the positive change that Spring brings us. What a year 2020 was, It has taught us how our way of life can change very quickly and how important our health and wellbeing
We now have confirmation from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport that non-professional music activity cannot take place during the national lockdown. This means that, for the coming weeks, we will host rehearsals on Zoom only, as we did previously in the Summer term.
Welcome to the singhealthychoirs website. Please take a look around and find out for yourself if one of our choirs may be what you are looking for. Better still; come along to one of our choir sessions free of charge and experience for yourself why singing in a mixed age group choir is a good idea. There are no auditions, no musical knowledge required and definitely no pressure. Ours are known as “Open Access Choirs” and are available to anyone over the age of 18. Choirs can seem comfortable, middle-aged and the ultimate in conformity, yet so much more going on behind the singing, the social atmosphere and the fun. A choir has been described as – “ A group of people giving themselves permission to politely scream in public – and in doing so making themselves feel amazing.” That’s a pretty good description and it’s available to people of all ages – young and old. People like you….
We do try hard to get the balance right between developing our singing and choral style and having a good time each and every time we sing and meet together. All our choirs are social as well as musical activities and we don’t forget that you give up your leisure time to join us. One way we reinforce the social aspect is by ensuring that every rehearsal has time for all choir members to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a good chat together. Our founding Musical Director was pretty insistent that a cup of tea and biscuit be available at every rehearsal (probably because he was so desperate for one himself and didn’t like to drink alone!!)
There is so much evidence that singing is good for your health and wellbeing. I would invite you to look at some of the articles we have in Choirmasters Corner where you will find a wealth of information on exactly how you can benefit from being part of a choir. It would be lovely if you chose to sing with us, but we feel so passionately about the health benefits of singing that we would urge you to find the right choir for you, even if, heavens above, you don’t choose us. Choosing the right choir is more than just the songs they sing however, it really is how comfortable you feel, how welcomed you are made. We sing a wide range of music from old classics to modern popular music but that doesn’t mean we are afraid of performing pieces such as The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins. We will never force or coerce a choir member into singing solo, or partaking in a performance or song they don’t feel 100% confident with. First and foremost, singhealthy choirs is about you, your health and wellbeing.