Question: what do boys, the National Health Service and a housing estate near Watford have in common?
Answer: they have all been the subject of the fabulously successful BBC series The Choir where Gareth Malone puts together a choir of unlikely singers and transforms them into a successful singing ensemble, in the process often changing the lives of the participants forever.
The Choir has been a huge success on TV, with up to 3,500,000 people tuning in weekly to follow the progress of their favourite groups. There’s clearly something in this whole ‘choir’ thing!
It’s not surprising then, that when you get talking to people about what they get from singing in a group, their eyes will light up and they’ll smile thoughtfully as they say:
'It lifts my mood, it just really makes me feel happy!'; I love the friendship and the sense of community it gives me.'; 'It's so energising it makes me feel refreshed
And if all this sounds too good to be true, I promise you it really isn’t! Most of us enjoy singing in the shower or while we’re driving to work, but singing is most powerful when we do it with others.
If you want to:
Feel better about yourself
Do something that will leave you with a real sense of achievement.
Improve your focus and alertness
Lift your mood
Boost your immune system
Escape from the stress, strain and worry of everyday life…
…then do yourself a favour and join a singing group. As the participants in The Choir
have shown, you don’t need experience, you don’t need to consider yourself ‘musical’, you don’t even need to be able to read music; you just need to dive in and give it a go. Get on the Internet now
and find a choir near you. Seriously! Begin your own singing journey – you could be feeling better by the end of the week!
Of course, singing can bring all these benefits and more to the children in your class and school. If you don’t already have a school choir, why not start one? It’s easier than you think and you can check back here for occasional tips on getting a choir going, choosing repertoire, rehearsing, performing and much more.
Credit: Images 1 & 3 courtesy of Amersham A Capella - choir of our very own
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