Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old British war veteran who has raised more than £28 million pounds for the NHS is topping the charts with his new charity single, singing alongside the NHS Voice of Care Choir and Michael Ball, singing the 1963 hit ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’.
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.
Anyone (myself included) who works with people affected by cancer knows just how serious it can be when we witness its often devastating impact on lives again and again. Perhaps that's why many find it difficult to appreciate the impact of singing as a 'serious' intervention - when you look at a laid-back, smiling and dancing choir of people how can the impact be real?
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.
At the time Lee went missing, there existed no organisation to provide counselling, support or guidance for families who were going through the turmoil of having a loved one missing. It wasn't until five years later, in 1993, that the National Missing Persons Helpline was founded in response to the disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.
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.
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.
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!
Eleven members of a children's choir were taken to hospital suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting after arriving back in
When University of Toronto alumna Rachel Mahon takes up the position of William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral in London, U.K. for the 2014/15 academic year, she will be the first woman to hold any organist post at the Cathedral.