Thousands of people all over the country are discovering the benefits of singing. Joining a choir seems to be the latest big thing, and it is not surprising as it offers so many benefits on so many levels...
On an individual level singing with others can be a deeply joyful experience. Making music releases endorphines - 'happy hormones' - thus making it an extremely satisfying experience on an emotional level. "People often leave my choir sessions saying they have wings!" It also contributes towards physical fitness as singing engages many muscles in the body, including the core/abdominal muscles. On a social level being part of a community can give us a deep sense of belonging. This is something that unites us all, and what a joyful way to fulfil that innate desire.
So, if you haven't already, join a choir and find out what all the fuss is about! Sophia runs two weekly choirs - Hackney Harmony in east London, and Zu Choir, in Lewes, East Sussex. There are many types of choirs and choir leaders out there. Sophia teaches very much in alignment with the Natural Voice style, whose approach is about celebrating the voice you were born with, rather than trying to train it to an ideal of perfection. It's about building accepting, non-judgmental communities that sing together. It's about welcoming all voices into a group without audition and working from there to make a group sound. It's about making learning by ear accessible to the whole group so that nobody needs to be able to read music. Visit the website to find information on other Natural Voice choirs.