It’s official: SINGING IS GOOD FOR YOU !
If you’ve noticed that singers always seem to be happy, then maybe there are good reasons for it. Yes, we all have our favourite songs that make us feel good. But current scientific research says there’s more to it than that; in fact, singing really does do you good………
Sing for your heart!
Professor Graham Welch of the University of London, has studied the links between singing and health for 30 years and he says the 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.”
That means better breathing and more oxygen. But aerobic exercise? YES! Now there’s something to sing about! And we forget that most important of muscles, the heart, that pumps blood and oxygen round our bodies day in, day out. Singing gives your heart a real boost.
The psychological benefits of singing are well known. Singing reduces stress levels and leads to a feeling of emotional well-being. In other words, it makes you feel good! And it’s even better if you sing together:
“Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together, because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour.”
Now if you’re in a choir ………………. Well, it’s all good news! Feels good, does you good! Here in the North-East we are blessed with a good array of amateur choirs: ladies’ choirs, mixed choirs and male voice choirs. And that’s not forgetting the wonderful efforts of junior choirs and their teachers / conductors in our schools.
Malcolm Corbett, a stalwart of Ashington Male Voice Choir, says,
“You know, sometimes you turn up for a rehearsal feeling a bit down or fed up, but then you get stuck into the music, sing your heart out – and you come out smiling!”
So why not do your heart a favour and sing? Choirs like Ashington Male Voice are always keen to welcome new members, and you don’t have to have a voice like Pavarotti – and you don’t need to be able to read music either.
If you want to become part of this experience then please come along and join us.
The Website will hopefully help our publicity and attract new members to the choir not forgetting the link to facebook.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the choir or would like information on our forthcoming concerts, please click here to email us or alternatively call Chairman Bob Brind on 01670 790169 or Colin Prow on 01670 815534
Following a successful recruitment campaign the choir has attracted several new members in 2017/2018 which is an ongoing project for the choir and its committee.
2017 Saw the choir Team up with Mcmillan Cancer Support and the Civic Head of Northumberland’s adopted charity, fundraising for the residents of Northumberland two main concerts raised over £3000 contributing to the £17000 in total raised by the civic head Councillor Murray MBE.
Eric and Bill both celebrate 40 years with the choir quite an achievement.
2018 and an new partnership and charity the choir is strengthening its local links in support of the YMCA Ashington with the aim of nurturing young people and encouraging them in musical pursuits. Watch this site for more details.
The choir is led for the first time in concert by Deborah Barry established conductor and soprano a great friend of the choir who has agreed to be our guest artist for the Christmas 2018 Concert.
The choir perform at a private function in Morpeth in Celebration of 50 Years of married life.
Christmas Concert 2018
Wow! what a great night the weather was terrible but a full house of you braved it to hear and join the choir in celebrating Christmas with traditional songs and music, our guest artist Deborah delighted the audience, the church was a great host and laid on wonderful refreshments, we are invited back next year so watch this space.
The Choir welcomes new member Howard singing tenor, new members are always made welcome and there is no audition just come along join in and see where it leads you Howard has settled into the choir and was very happy to take part in his first concert with the choir on February 16th.
The choir is now working hard on some new items for its forthcoming season and maybe bringing back some old favourites from our extensive library to which we have just added another 20 new pieces.
We are delighted to announce our guest for our annual concert a young Soprano Rachel Bird a 20 year old with a delightful voice who is building a career in music, look out for more details on the concert here.