Singing is an ancient practice that humans have engaged in for millennia. We sing to heal, to grieve, to celebrate, to give thanks. It is something that unites us all, and offers many benefits on many levels. Making music releases endorphins - 'happy hormones' - making it extremely satisfying on an emotional level. 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.
"Thank you so much for bringing us the medicine of song, my life is different when I sing, it’s a blessing"
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.