Singing & Wellbeing
Singing in a choir offers many benefits to both physical and mental wellbeing and can be a deeply enriching and rewarding experience. Being part of a choir provides many physical, emotional and social benefits that contribute to a person's overall wellbeing and personal growth. A growing body of research confirms many of the benefits of singing in a choir.
Singing with other people or performing in front of an audience can boost self-confidence.
Sense of Achievement
It can be very rewarding learning pieces of music together as a group. Recognising progress, both individually and as a group, can provide a real sense of accomplishment. Regular practice and training with an experienced Musical Director can help singers improve their vocal range, control, pitch, tone and overall singing abilities.
Enhanced Breathing and Posture
Singing requires good breathing technique and posture. Regular practice can help participants improve their breathing habits and posture, leading to a number of physiological benefits.
Studies have found that singing in a choir can potentially reduce stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins, the "feel-good" hormones, which promote a sense of happiness and relaxation.
Enhanced immune system
One study found that singing in a choir for just one hour increased the levels of proteins that support the body’s ability to fight serious illness – physical evidence that choir singing offers tangible health benefits.
Improved memory and concentration
Learning and memorising music and lyrics can improve cognitive abilities, including memory and concentration.
Singing in a choir can be a very rewarding learning experience. From learning exciting and diverse new repertoire, to discovering new genres of music, all while developing your singing technique.
Singing in a choir creates an opportunity for a shared experience and sense of belonging. Working together towards a common goal can be extremely rewarding for all participants. Social connections and friendships are an additional benefit. A study has found that singing in a choir can also support people to develop healthy relationships.
Engaging in music, including choir singing, has been linked to potential neurological benefits such as improved brain plasticity and cognitive function.