It’s the Final Countdowwwn!

This is it ladies and gents! The final week leading to our annual concert next Friday 20 July.  We are also featuring in en Choir’s concert on Saturday 21 July too! Tickets for both events are available online here and on the door (subject to availability). Come on down for a fun, feel good evening or contact us with any queries – see you all there!

She’s Back! And she’s bringing her work with her…

As Emily returns and A Requiem for Crossbones comes to an end, the excitement does not – Emily says, “I’m excited to announce that for the first time one of my artworks is coming to my home town of Ramsgate!! Requiem for Crossbones will exhibit at Ramsgate Festival of Sound 2018 by Ramsgate Arts on Saturday 28 July – Sunday 29 July from 11am-5pm in Albion Place Gardens, on Albion Place.” With this unique new piece from our choir leader coming home, we are all buzzing with anticipation for what this could bring next for her and her career. Good luck!

Roll Up, Roll Up, It’s Nearly July

Yes ladles and gentlespoons, it is that time of year again! Hard copy tickets have officially gone on sale! If you know a member of the choir, ask them to grab your tickets at a rehearsal or contact the choir administrator, Elli to purchase tickets. They are also available on WeGotTickets. Have you been thinking of joining enChoir but not sure, or think it is too late for this choir year? Come and have a listen at this year’s concert and see if you enjoy yourself or contact us with any queries.

Keep those eyes peeled!

A concert update this week; with choir leader, Emily Peasgood returned from installing her latest work, Requiem for Crossbones, the choir was buzzing with excitement for our final term of the choir year. To add to the excitement, posters and hard copy tickets have been ordered and are on the way so be sure to keep your eyes peeled – there may be a poster going up near you! Sound like a choir you’d like to try? Pop down for a free trial rehearsal or contacts us with any queries.

A break in transmission

Fear not, dear friends, we have not deserted you! We will be back this upcoming week to sing and learn and develop together after our short half term break. This term brings us into the final countdown to our annual concert! Tickets are already available online here and hard copies will be on sale soon – we’ll see you all there!

An Em Based Update – another fascinating feature!

We’ve spoken frequently about our choir leader Emily Peasgood; artist and composer extraordinaire. This time round, she has composed for Merge Festival, in partnership with Bankside Open Spaces Trust and Tate Modern, a piece centred around Crossbones Garden. Speaking about the project, she says, “Established as early as the 17th century, Crossbones is believed to be the final resting place for prostitutes, known as ‘Winchester Geese’, paupers, criminals and children – those who could not afford burial or were deemed unfit for burial in consecrated ground. The identities of those buried within are largely unknown; there are no distinguishable plots or headstones, but instead a cemented surface surrounded by a community garden created by Bankside Open Spaces Trust in collaboration with the Friends of Crossbones”. With this interactive piece set to air from 8th June until 1st July there is a buzz of anticipation around waiting to hear the next unique, orginal and as usual, unusual piece from our talented leader.

With happiness comes healthiness

Some weeks ago we looked into how singing in a choir could help us to psychologically feel better within ourselves and improve our sense of wellbeing. This week we are going to delve into the physiological side of the argument; coming hand in hand with mental wellbeing, our physical health can be hugely impacted by singing in a choir, so here are just some of the benefits. Firstly, whilst “Exercise is one of the few activities in life that is indisputably good for us,” Daniel H. Pink tells us in his book, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.” “Choral singing might be the new exercise.” It is thought that the practice of singing can increase your lung capacity, regulate your heart beat and increase the rate of release of endorphins (happy hormones). Research undertaken by Cardiff University even uncovered a secret within singing that could improve symptoms of lung cancer and Parkinson’s. A Music Professor Brenville Hancox “established, Skylarks, a choir aimed at people with Parkinson’s Disease. One of the participants in the choir explained how his voice had been strengthened, despite receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s five years earlier. Reasons for the improvement have been suggested as deep breathing and the extended use of the vocal chords.” Add all these impressive health benefits to those psychological benefits we discussed previously and singing in a choir sounds like a fantastic idea! You can give it a try at a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries.

Sources: CNBC, CMUSE, The Telegraph 

Background reading: City Academy, BBC iWonder

Progress Report!

Hello all! We wanted to update you on some key developments in our concert preparations – just to make you even more excited! We’ve started inviting members of the choir to try out singing solos to see if they’d like to in the concert – these will be decided for certain at the start of June so they can be perfected. We’re cracking on with our set list and getting throught nicely so we are nearly there on the musical side. Finally, tickets and posters are in the process of being designed for this year’s concert; tickets are already for sale online and hard sales will be available from June. All is on the way to completion and we hope to see you all there on Friday 20th July!

We know that singing makes us happy – did you?

Did you know that singing in a choir makes you feel better in yourself? Now, we’re biased, of course, but let’s have a look at some research from those who aren’t. Research published by the University of Oxford and the Cambridge University Press has shown that “people feel more positive after actively singing than they do after passively listening to music or after chatting about positive life events.” The researchers have put this down to the release of ‘happy’ hormones such as oxytocin and dopamine as well as reducing stress and decreasing blood pressure. Even a journalist from the Independent, Simmy Richman, who was invited to join Chaps Choir for a time to experience this first hand said that, “seeing the effect everyone’s voices were having left me quite overcome” and went as far as to say that he noticed his, “four-year-old son has been told that he can come and watch me sing and his excitement is contagious. It occurs to me how little our children see of us outside of our role as their parents. When we go out to work, we close the door on them or drop them off at school. They have little or no tangible idea of what it is we do when we get there. The knowledge that my son will see me in an entirely fresh context, taking my part in a public performance, makes me realise, momentarily, what it must feel like for the David Beckhams of this world. Hey kiddo, this is just one of the things your old man can do. Come and watch.” Sound interesting? Why not put the research to the test yourself and come for a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries.

Research: University of Oxford, Cambridge University Press, The Independent.

We’re back, Folks! And here’s what’s to come up…

That’s right, everyone! We are back for another fun and musical term of BIGMOUTH rehearsals and it looks like it’s going to be a scorcher! We’ll be cracking down on our long standing tunes like Sweet Child of Mine and putting the finishing touches to our new repertoire such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Bring Him Home. But this term, we’re also going to be looking at some of the more philosophical aspects of being in a choir – next week we’ll be focusing on the benefits of singing in a choir. If you’d like to learn practically about these benefits then pop down to one of our rehearsals for a free trial or contact us with any queries.