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.

We’ve been listening…thanks, everyone!

We like to ensure that all our members and audiences alike enjoy their experience with en Choir to no end; this is why we encourage reviews on our Facebook page. We thought it was high time you knew for certain that we do listen: we were given the feedback that more people liked sheet music, if not to read then to at least be able to follow the pattern of the notes. Sheet music is now available for nearly all of the songs we sing. In addition, we were told by several that there were certain pieces of our repertoire that just weren’t that popular; so, to alleviate the possibility of this happening, we set up an online vote so that the choir members could pick which songs they wanted to learn so this year we are singing those songs with the highest votes. It would be impossible to pick an entire repertoire that absolutely everyone like but we’ll try to come as close as we can! In return for us acting upon your feedback, we have had reviews from several past and current members to say “what fun and how joyous singing in a choir is!” and that BIGMOUTH Chorus is a “great group of people who just like to sing with brilliant leadership” where you can have “fun while learning all the time” and even that it is “always uplifting” and “good medicine”. Thank you everyone for your feedback, keep it coming! Does BIGMOUTH Chorus sound like a fun pastime you’d like to try? Come down for a free trial rehearsal Tuesday 17th April or contact us with any queries.

Happy Easter!

 

Another term has come and gone for us at BIGMOUTH Chorus, and as fast as this year is going, we’ve had lots of fun already with plenty more to come! Whilst we are taking a nice two week break from rehearsals, you can still look forward to your weekly read with our blogs. As for now, we hope the Easter Bunny brings you some lovely surprises (and not too much rain!) and we’ll look forward to seeing all of you at our first rehearsal back on Tuesday 17th April.

There’s something in BIGMOUTH so strong

It’s time to start threading another feather into our cap this week! Whilst it isn’t all the way there, we will soon be well on the way to learning Something Inside So Strong by Labi Siffre. This iconic song will be one of many to feature in this year’s annual concert, so watch this space! Fancy singing this song and many others? Come down for a free trial rehearsal or contact us with any queries.

She’s gone and done it again then, hasn’t she, whoops!

She, of course, being our ever-striving, ever-smiling, practically effervescent choir leader, Emily Peasgood; who only last night presented members of the public with VOICE100! This piece, commissioned by POW! Thanet was designed to celebrate 100 years since women were granted the vote. POW! Thanet say, “Featuring the recorded voices of 100 children and adults who share their experiences, this powerful and provocative artwork is at the very heart of POW!” In addition to this installation, we along with many members of our sister choir en Choir sung an anthem which we were incredibly proud to be a part of. This sort of happening just goes to show that the power of women, to this day, continues to grow.

Any Way the Wind Blows…We’ll Blow Right Back!

Even as the weather stays chilly we keep fighting our way to rehearsals and as promised, here is an update on our toughest challenge yet: Bohemian Rhapsody is nearly complete! You read that right, we are nearly there with plenty of time to spare which means we have another 16 rehearsals to polish and perfect this piece as well as many others so that by the time you hear it at our annual concert it will blow your socks off! Are you interested in blowing socks? Come down for a free trial or contact us with any queries!

We Might Branch Out…

There have been some discussions going around some of the choir in recent weeks and there has been some rumour of BIGMOUTH having their own concert this year as well as supporting our sibling choir, en Choir; who would in turn support us in our concert (if it happened). This is in no way a guarantee but it is a super exciting possibility that we just couldn’t keep to ourselves! Fingers crossed all will be organised – watch this space! Want to be part of our concert? Come down for a free trial or contact us with any queries.

BIGMOUTH’s back, alright!

“Now throw your hands up in the air! And wave’em around like you just don’t care, and if you wanna party let me hear you yell, ‘Cause we’ve got it goin’ on again!” That’s right everyone, we are back on Tuesday 20th February with more of our melodic grooving. We’ll be hitting the ground running, continuing to work on our challenge of Bohemian Rhapsody but also revisiting some old favourites such as Sweet Child of Mine and True Colours. If you’d like to try out BIGMOUTH Chorus then feel free to pop down to a rehearsal for a free trial or contact us with any queries – see you all there!