Singing in a time of pandemic

  • Posted on: 2 October 2020
  • By: huw

Is singing safe?

The coronavirus pandemic means that Britain’s 40,000 choirs have all been silenced, brass and woodwind players too.
Meet the scientists assessing the dangers of blowing instruments and singing in spreading Covid-19

At Royston Choral Society, we are taking advice through the membership organisation Making Music and consulting other sources. Despite the frustration, we’re keen to ensure the safety of both choir members and audiences before returning to performing in person.

Virtual Choirs and wellbeing

Joanne Smithson from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing writes…

I’ve been struck by how much music has featured in our response to Coronavirus. Whether it was Italians singing Volare from their balconies or Edinburgh residents belting out Sunshine on Leith in the early days of lockdown, the Sofa Singers or the Great British Home Chorus, collective music making has featured prominently since the start of the pandemic.
If you have listened to any of these choirs, it should have improved your wellbeing – listening to music is one of the most mood boosting things you can do.

The evidence on taking part in singing or music-making is that this has an even greater effect – we feel more positive after actively singing than we do after passively listening to music. It’s good for our physical and mental health, the top drivers of individual wellbeing. And it’s good for our relationships with others too. But do the benefits extend to singing in virtual choirs?
To find some answers, click on this link and listen to the podcast.