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Question 2 - Are there any surprising benefits from singing in a choir?
Mike Brewer

Mike Brewer: "It's total. It's well-being, self confidence and flowering as a person in every sense. That's the overriding thing, quite apart from all the skills you get... If you're sad you can come out of yourself and feel good about the world."

Hayley Westenra

Hayley Westenra: "Singing's great for your health - it's stress relieving, it's calming, it's good for posture as well... I have the best job in the world! Plus it's nice to have that camaraderie when you're involved as part of a group."

John Partridge

John Partridge: "I think it's great at building confidence. If you're not the most confident singer, or person – this gives you the opportunity to stand up in front of hundreds of people and be confident knowing that you've got somebody else next to you to hold your hand."

Jonathan Ansell

Jonathan Ansell: "People see choirs on stage and predominantly it looks quite square... but off stage that's where all the fun happens - in rehearsals, messing about, lunch breaks, interacting with new people. That, for me, is what choirs are all about – having that fun both on and off stage."

Zoe Salmon

Zoe Salmon: "It's just really good fun! You're with your friends and family, you're singing, you're doing something you obviously enjoy and you get to travel and sing around the place!"

Your Comments

Rachael Edwards, Coventry 2008-08-20

For me, I've made some great friends, I have a small workout at least once a week and I have a good laugh. Also being a member of a choir and singing at least once a week has helped me get through one of the most difficult times of my life, both physically and emotionally.

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Gail, glasgow 2008-08-17

Music comes from the heart, and can have many benefits. I have been singing in choirs since I was 12 (now 37). I'm a top soprano, and when you hit that top note in your fav song, nothing compares to it. Just have the courage to join a choir. You will know what i mean! Music should always be heartfelt. Listen to various styles. Hayley - when are you coming to Scotland? We all love you here, and would love to see you. Take a chance... go join a choir. You will love it, and never stop singing!

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James Davey, Chantage - BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2008-08-10

Singing together is great for your health, both physically, mentally and socially. The list of personal benefits is off the scale, and the way music brings people together is the subject of continuous research. 'Learning to listen to each other' has to be in my top 5 benefits - during the daily grind (especially in the city) we can so easily filter out other peoples voices. Being in a choir is also one of the few environments where nobody judges you - unless you're in competition of course!

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Anonymous 2008-07-16

Togetherness, teamwork, listening to each other.... those are ingredients for any good relationship.

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Carol (Ex Cantamus Girls Choir Mum), Mansfield 2008-07-12

The benefits are huge. There is the team spirit and togetherness - the unity and working together. Then there is the great fun and the SINGING, the enjoyment and the making music together. Great!!

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Phillip Tolley, British Choirs on the Net 2008-07-07

There are so many benefits to singing. As well as health benefits there are eductional benefits in literacy and numeracy, social skill which come with listening and blending with others and it is mutlti-cultural, multi-racial, non-ageist, community spirited, socialble and fun

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Sapphire, Penzance 2008-07-05

Singing in a choir will improve someones' singing voice very much. If you don't use your voice it will deteriorate over time. You will also make friends

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JO, East Mids 2008-07-05

Post natal tummy muscles recover!

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