Strengthening My Voice Amid Stress As A Rising Senior

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

This semester, without doubt, has been another busy yet fulfilling one. Next week, for instance, will consist of an average of one public speaking engagement (e.g. admissions panel, hosting a federal judge)/final presentation each day for me. Amid all the stress and excitement, it is not too self-indulgent for me to reflect on some of the positive experience that I have had.

Changing Lives One Song At A Time: How Singing Helps The Choir With No Name's Homeless Choirs

Rachel Clare | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Clare

It is well documented that the act of singing brings with it a whole raft of benefits to health and wellbeing, and singing in a choir has even more to offer participants. It is one of the most effective ways to form social bonds and is undeniably one of the most enjoyable and uplifting group activities you can do

Learning How To Sing

Pam Jarvis | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK
Pam Jarvis

This Christmas, I was poignantly reminded of my school teaching years in two highly unexpected ways. First of all I got, in my mother's terms, 'proper...

Keeping Fit On The Road - Amy MacDonald

Amy Macdonald | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Macdonald

Find the thing that you enjoy, the thing that pushes you to the next level and makes you so proud when you get there. I can't imagine my life without fitness now and although I no longer do my trusty Jillian DVDs I've moved on and found other things I enjoy doing.

Music Is Mindfulness

Helene Greenwood | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Helene Greenwood

The process of writing can feel like tapping into something primal which is a kind of life force outside of myself. This is very freeing. As a musician and songwriter I find I need music, and start to feel depressed if I can't experience it.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Solo Karaoke

Magda Knight | Posted 30.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Magda Knight

I love the camaraderie of it all, but also I just kind of like to sing. It's frowned on if you do it in the street, it can feel self-conscious if you do it in film-approved areas like the shower. It's great when friends like a bit of a sing too, but it's not as common as it could be and certainly not up there in popular shared pastimes like a boxset marathon or two pints and a packet of crisps.

Is Singing the Best Parenting Super-Power?

Helen Thorn | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Thorn

Few things in this world can beat the feeling of belting out your favourite song at the top of your lungs. Whether you sing in the car, in a crowd at a festival or just with your girlfriends at the end of drunken night, it really is one of life's true joys. (Honestly, who doesn't love a good 'Groove is in The Heart' karaoke session at 1am?).

What You Can Learn From Being in a Choir (Apart from the Songs)

Rosie Dow | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Dow

In a choir we learn songs, of course, and every rehearsal we build on that knowledge and musicality. But I suspect over time we also learn so much more from being in a choir than just the music, so I asked my choir Facebook friends to help me out with their thoughts on this and I've distilled the top five take-aways from being in a choir.

Choirs for Cancer Patients and Carers: The Science and the Magic

Rosie Dow | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Dow

As a non-scientist but a lifelong music advocate, it was a hugely exciting adventure for me to be talking to choir members about lab research and finding out whether the obvious power of the choirs that I saw every day could actually be having an impact on their biology, too.

Want To Reduce Your Dementia Risk? Join A Choir

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Pensioners should consider joining a choir to stave off symptoms of dementia and avoid loneliness, health experts have advised. Singing in a group ...

The Winner Takes it All

Helen Astrid | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Sport
Helen Astrid

Music and sport are the perfect marriage; they were made for each other...designed to live happily ever after. The beneficial effect of using music in sport and exercise is nothing new. Music is able to grab our attention, cause a reaction, change how we feel, help us remember things, help us overcome shyness, make us feel good and interestingly increase our work output.

Sing and You're Winning

Dr Sam Wass | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Sam Wass

Last year there wasn't a week that went by without a parent uploading a dash-cam video to YouTube of them singing along to popular songs with their kids - and these videos have clocked up tens of millions of views.

Why You Should Join a Choir

Annie Vasconcelos | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Vasconcelos

Not only does your brain benefit from all that concentration practice your mental health and well-being are boosted too. Music has the power to break down barriers and join a group of people as one entity.

Not Rugby Songs as You Know 'Em!

Helen Astrid | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Sport
Helen Astrid

I've always loved creating unique combinations. Whether it's my own cooking (I've collated cookbooks from every country ever visited) or my wild (and sometimes wise) wardrobe or mixing my home décor with the old and the new. I love being individual.

Dear Struggling Musician... Is This You?

Victoria Leith | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Leith

I entered a big televised national competition, judged by Dizzy Rascal, Sharleen Spiteri and Jamie Cullum. I delighted in telling my friends I was in this competition particularly because of these great musicians involved.

The Voice is Absolute Toilet. But For Some Reason I Watch it. Why?

Alfie Evers | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Alfie Evers

I am absolutely lost as to why, by the power of Greyskull, I watch it. I really am. The Voice UK is, without doubt, absolute toilet, and yet, somehow I've just accepted it into my life.

Why Christmas Brings Out the Singer in Us

Helen Astrid | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Astrid

There's no doubt that this time of year offers more opportunities to stretch our vocal prowess whether singing in church, joining in a few impromptu carols at the local train station or yodeling along to Julie Andrews on Christmas Day after a few glasses of port. In fact, it's almost impossible to avoid the strains of festive songs whether we're in the supermarket, on public transport or at a street corner.

Saving Stevi Ritchie Has Confirmed That X Factor Is No Longer Just a Singing Competition

James Brinsford | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Brinsford

According to the X Factor's premise, it is a 'television music competition to find new singing talent'. It has always been the case since it first hit our screens that if you wanted a sure-fire route to pop stardom, then a turn on the X Factor is what is required.

The Art of Shame

Katie Beswick | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Katie Beswick

Shame Chorus will be a live concert event performed at the Freud Museum, and a range of other venues in London and across the UK in 2015. Documentary footage created throughout the project will also form a touring video installation, the Shame Chorus songs will be available to buy as downloads...

Is Luck Real? - Yes / No - The X-Factor Odds: Who's Going to Win?

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

While watching ITV's X-factor at the weekend with the family, we were discussing whom we were expecting to win. Although my vote goes to Andrea, you can't deny that both Ben and Paul have something amazing to offer.

Voice Star Jermain Jackman Talks With Essy B

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kieran Goodwin

Jackman says he is defiantly looking into working with numerous stars including Sam Smith and is determined to work with as many talented people as possible throughout his career.

What Would You Do If Asked to Sing in Front of Your Colleagues?

Helen Astrid | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Astrid

If someone asked you to stand up and sing in front of your colleagues, you might want to hide under your desk and stare at your rubbish bin. I know many people fear speaking in public but singing is even scarier. That is, until you have a go!

This Woman Can Sing Two Notes At The Same Time. And It Sounds REALLY STRANGE

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Comedy

"Overtone singing is a voice technique where one person sings two notes at the same time," explains German musician Anna-Maria Hefele. Hefele is an...

Music as a Healer

Miel De Botton | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Miel De Botton

Music has always been my passion, my healer, and the methods I use to still my anxious mind dovetail well with classic music therapy techniques... Music lets us reach emotions that are difficult to reach verbally, become aware of hidden emotions and achieve a catharsis.

What Does It Mean to Be Musical?

Yumiko Sato | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

When I first became a music therapist many years ago, I worked with small children between the age of 3 to 5 in a community setting where both typical children and children with disabilities attended during the day. There were about 20 of them in the class. Half of them had disabilities, such as autism and Down Syndrome, while the other half did not.