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.
Quote from a member of Ashington & District 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 Secretary Colin Prow on 01670 815534
2023 Update The choir provides friendship and a social atmosphere which has proved popular and has resulted in several new members joining including three in January alone, “we are always delighted to welcome new voices with a shared love of singing”.