wHY YOU ‘CAN’ AND ‘SHOULD’ JOIN US.
Singing in a choir is good for the heart and the lungs; whilst not on the NHS, we believe it should be. In fact, having looked into this idea, it is clear from available information (on the internet) that singing is a tried and tested procedure and is promoted widely as a health benefit. It’s even been said recently (by the BBC ) that it is good for Post Natal Depression cases. I’m glad to say, we don’t get many of those issues in our choir, but it shows how far the benefits can reach. In early 2015, one of our members was diagnosed with lung cancer; this resulted in removal of 2/3 of his left lung and was a concern for some time. However, he is now back with the choir and is one of our strongest top tenor performers. He appeared on East Midlands Today to emphasise the benefits of singing to get through the highs and lows of the ordeal, the physical benefits and the enjoyment it gives.
When asked if they would like to join a choir, many protest that they cannot sing and/or lack any knowledge of music. You do not need to read music (many choristers will attest to that) and there is no audition process. The dots on the page go up or down the lines, some are white and some are black and that tells you enough to make a start. Follow the colleagues in your section and away you go. Come and give it a go, you would not regret it (and it will do you good). If you are between 18 and 100, you have nothing to lose. It’s true it can, sometimes, be a little laborious and frustrating when learning new pieces; the MD is pushing hard to squeeze every little nuance and emotion from you and you don’t understand why you can’t just sing . However, a little perseverance, patience and understanding reaps the rewards when singing in front of an appreciative audience.
You may even be able to perform at the Royal Albert Hall – now that’s something worth working for!
Spare a little time on a Thursday evening between 6.45 and 8.30 at Palmer Morewood Memorial Club for a hearty sing and, if inclined, retire to the bar for a little refreshment and fellowship.
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