VOCA would like to wish all our singers and supporters a very Happy New Year and we hope that you had a fantastic time over the holiday period.
We are back this week and our weekly rehearsals start again on Thursday 14th January 2016, 7pm in West Suffolk College (room E1.03).
If you fancy trying something new and have a new years’ resolution to join a choir, now is the perfect time to act and come along and try us out! We sing a range of music and cater for all abilities; there is no audition process so just turn up and have some fun!
We opperate a £5 pay-as-you-sing policy so, if you’re away for a few weeks, you don’t have to worry about paying termly / half-termly choir subs and missing sessions.
Hope to see you there …
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 …
We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be starting our rehearsals in West Suffolk College from Thursday 10th September.
More information can be found on our Events or Term Dates page.
If you have any questions at all, please do get in touch via the Contact page or through Facebook / Twitter.
We’ve already had some positive messages and can’t wait to get started! See you soon 🙂
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.
We’re looking to set up a brand new choir in Bury St Edmunds!
To start with, we’re going to hold a social event in Oakes Barn on Thursday 23rd July as a bit of a “meet and greet” session where we can all have a drink, get to know each other and come up with some ideas for the new choir.
If you can’t make this session, don’t worry, we still want you!
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More info to follow soon … stay tuned …
“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 …
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.