Did you know that singing can give you the same ‘high’ as cannabis, and help chronic pain? It can boost sporting performance and immune systems even if you ‘can’t sing well’. The benefit comes for as little as five minutes a day (in the shower if you’re not ‘a natural’?) over a few weeks.
These and other intriguing snippets come from a 15-minute BBC Radio podcast.
The programme also talks about the power of listening to music – so come to our next concert!
For RCS choir members, the pandemic and the enforced suspension of rehearsals just days before our last public performance more than 18 months ago was a bitter blow. Our return to ‘live rehearsals’ has confirmed that many have missed the human connection that music can bring almost as much as the music itself.
As choir members returned to rehearsals after the enforced break, there was no doubt some apprehension about the work necessary to get our voices back into shape. Despite the excellent online tuition that we enjoyed from our Musical Director, Andrew O’Brien, while in lockdown, our first rehearsals were a nervous occasion for some, but the breathing and other warm-up exercises at the start of each rehearsal have been very valuable.
I joined Royston Choral Society in 2007 after a rather mixed singing career taking in school choirs, musicals, Bart’s Hospital Choral Society, and ad hoc church congregations. I liked the structure and atmosphere of RCS: the weekly rehearsals, three concerts a year, fantastic music, and man-banter with the other tenors. The people were lovely all round, and many became good friends.
A series of four BBC Radio 4 half-hour programmes in which journalist Jude Rogers speaks to musicians, neuroscientists, psychologists and music-lovers to discover how fundamental music is early life, teenage life, adult life and later life. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000vytn/episodes/player.
Tessa sings soprano with Royston Choral Society (and other choirs). Here she introduces her Desert Island Discs.
Silence is Golden - The Tremeloes
This was the song that reminds me of my childhood – my Mum loved it and she always hoped it would be played on Friday Night is Music Night on the BBC Light Programme.