Hellooo! I just thought I’d share with you something that I really enjoy. It’s probably my favourite hobby and enriches my life in so many ways. And that is singing in a choir. I’m going to share some of the reasons why I love it, just in case anyone was thinking of joining a choir themselves and needed a little extra push 🙂
I sing with the Elmbridge Ladies Choir, which is part of Surrey Music, who run three different choirs. The Ladies Choir has been running for over ten years and now has around 100 members. We rehearse in Cobham in Surrey and sing a wide range of music styles. I joined in… well I can’t remember when because I’m rubbish but it was quite a few years ago! I’m naturally a fairly shy person so it was a bit scary rocking up to my very first rehearsal on my own and not knowing anyone. But I like to push myself out of my comfort zone and do things that scare me sometimes. And I needn’t have worried, as everyone was sooo friendly and made me feel really welcome.
So, here are some of the reasons why I love singing in a choir:
Probably the most obvious but I bloody love it! It gives me a real buzz and it’s just such a lovely feeling singing as part of a group.
Joining a choir is a fantastic way to meet new people. I’ve actually made some amazing lifelong friends through singing in my choir 🙂
I’ve had some really cool opportunities through singing with my choir. We do regular concerts – formal ones in theatres and halls and more informal outdoor ones at food festivals and things. Last summer we sang at the first Pride in Surrey event in Woking, which was so much fun and the best atmosphere. I’ve been lucky to have the chance to sing solo parts on occasion too, which is nerve-racking but great fun!
There are also tons of social events, which I don’t really attend that many of because of the twiglets. There’s great variety though – from theatre trips to meals out and sometimes even tours abroad.
It’s Good For Your Health!
There is a wealth of research showing how good singing in a group is for both your physical and mental health. This article explains how singing is beneficial for your breathing and posture, and can even act as a natural painkiller! Learning new songs helps to improve memory and singing together is great for happiness and wellbeing. Personally I find it a brilliant outlet and a way of letting go of stresses and worries 🙂
So, if you’re thinking of joining a choir, I would definitely say go for it! Nothing to lose and everything to gain 🙂
If you’d like to find out more about Surrey Music, please check out their website. There’s also the Elmbridge Mixed Choir and the newly formed but already very successful Rainbow Choir for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Hope this was useful – thanks for reading! Til next time,