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Can singing in a choir make me healthier?

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Whether you sing in the bath, with your children or on the football terraces, singing is fun. Thousands of us are joining choirs to give us more opportunities to get that sense of enjoyment.

But singing in a choir is more than just a bit of fun. It’s been scientifically proven that it is good for your health: from getting more oxygen into the blood, to increasing the flow of feelgood hormones and improving mental health.

So just how can singing in a choir be good for you?

Read the full BBC article here …

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zcc7tyc

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Singing on prescription?

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First it was exercise on prescription, then it was arts on prescription, soon it could be singing on prescription, as the clinical evidence builds up, and as more and more projects promote the benefits of singing to health and wellbeing, both for those in generally good health and those with physical and mental health problems, or who find themselves socially excluded or isolated.

Grenville Hancox MBE, Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health based at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK believes that we are not too far away from having your local GP say: “Go and have a sing with that lot down the road” instead of “take these pills three times a day!”

The article goes on to explain about seven therapeutic outcomes from singing in a group; Communication, Cognition, Engagement, Confidence, Relationships, Empowerment and Exercise and stress reduction.

Read the full article here

 

 

 

Choirs are popular, sociable and a million miles from “Songs of Praise” stereotype …

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“Everyone can sing, it’s natural. Even when you’re speaking, you’re singing – your voice goes up and down. It’s just a question of learning technique. If you want to play a sport, you practise: you train your muscles to do the right thing. It’s the same with your voice.” says Laura Howe, 31, the musical director of Some Voices and a musician who composes for television.

We couldn’t agree more Laura … come and find your voice with us!

The full story can be found here …

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/11/join-a-choir-do-something

Choir Singing ‘Boosts Your Mental Health’

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There is a growing body of evidence which claims that singing as part of a group can have a range of health benefits.
Researchers carried out an online survey of 375 people who sang in choirs, sang alone, or played team sports. The group, made of 197 women and 178 men, found singing in a choir was “significantly” more effective at improving their mood than a team sport.

Read the full story on the Telegraph website here.

 

All Together Now: Singing Is Good For Your Body & Soul

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Scientists have shown that not only does singing in a choir make you feel good, it’s got health benefits, too. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found that choristers’ heartbeats synchronise when they sing together, bringing about a calming effect that is as beneficial to our health as yoga.

Yoga may supposedly be relaxing, but it’s also sweaty, tiring and often painful. Singing, on the other hand, never fails to leave the author feeling fabulous.

Read the full article here.