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13th July 2017

10 Things Every Choir Member Understands

If you sing in a choir, you’ll know that session day is the best day of the week!

At inspire me, we understand the amazing health and well-being benefits of singing in a choir.

Singing releases endorphins (the happy hormones) that elevate our mood, relieve stress and get us ready to seize the day.

If you’re somebody who is yet to experience the joys of singing in a choir, but has a friend already reaping the rewards of communal singing, it’d be no surprise to learn they’re always asking you to give it a try.

They know singing is such a spirit-lifter and are excited for you to experience the elation.

Whether you’re in a community or networking choir, you soon learn there are certain things only members can relate to.

1. You feel like a superstar when you gig

You’re a superstar in a supergroup when you perform on stage with your choir. It’s exhilarating to have an audience clapping and cheering you on as you sing your favourite harmony lines. Many of our Superchoir members say performing on stage evokes ‘a feeling like no other’.

Whether you’re grooving in the front row or standing proudly at the back, you’re part of something amazing and you bring so much happiness to all who watch you.

Just remember to take your Choir Grammy Award home at the end of the night, OK?

2. You sing your harmony lines along with the car radio – and love it!

We all do it. When you’ve listened to your harmony line for the umpteenth time in preparation for that glitzy gig you’ve got coming up, your harmony line becomes the new way to sing the song.

 

So, when you turn on the radio and Beyoncé is riffing through the car speakers, it makes perfect sense to sing your harmony lines loudly and proudly over the top!

*Please note – choir members cannot be held responsible for other passengers experiencing passive harmony-learning whilst travelling.

 

3. Your fellow choristers become dear friends

Many people join a choir for reasons other than just loving to sing. Of course, it’s integral that you enjoy making a noise and creating lovely harmonies, but there is so much more to it.

In sessions you see friendly faces, hear lots of chatter and meet interested individuals who all recognise the joy community brings and the power of friendships that are made through a common love of singing.

Listening to each other, working together, cheering people on and supporting others in your harmony group will quickly turn acquaintances into dear friends. In Superchoir, lots of choristers socialise after sessions and make time for their choir friends throughout the week.

If you’re ready to meet new people and have an amazing time whilst doing so, a choir near you could be just what you’re looking for!

4. Christmas comes early

This is one of my favourites. Every chorister knows that harmony-learning for those beautiful Christmas arrangements starts as early as September. ‘That’s a bit excessive’, I hear you say, but who doesn’t enjoy dipping their toes in the ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree’ water?

It’s the best feeling when December hits and you’re performing the Christmas classics and sounding amazing whilst doing so!

 

5. Every choir has a signature song

If you’re in a choir and reading this, you know the one.

6. Doodle dos are a real thing and the work

Another great thing about being in a choir is using an array of quirky words to make an arrangement sound awesome!

Choir members aren’t surprised to find themselves singing ‘ahhs’, ‘woos’ and ‘doodle do’s’ in between song lyrics.

There is a lot to think about when it comes to learning an arrangement, but rest assured, your choir leader will structure sessions so you’ll achieve everything you’ve set out to do in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Here at inspire me, anybody over the age of eighteen can join our Superchoirs.

We love having people from all walks of life singing with us and we’re always welcoming new members. We can’t wait to see what unique vibrancy they bring to the tribe.

 

7. Singing is good for you

Singing has so many health benefits. If the entire population was to become enlightened with how singing can support mental and physical well-being, the world would be erupting in song!

Heart research wrote a great article on the many health benefits of singing.

They looked at research from Professor Graham Welch, who studied the developmental and medical aspects of singing for thirty years. Here’s what he had to say:

“Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour.” – Professor Graham Welch

The beauty of communal singing is that the individual is integral to the group and the group is integral to the individual. We need each other. There is no space for competition or for rights and wrongs.

Release your inner energy-angel and join a choir! Prevention.com has this to say about communal singing,

“Studies show positive mood changes among choir singers, including feeling happier, less anxious, less depressed, and overall more plucky about what life has to offer”.

What’s not to love about feeling plucky?

8. A choir social is the place to be

We love organising exciting events for our workplace choirs and Superchoirs.

Choir socials are perfect for catching up, meeting new people, celebrating friendships and generally soaking up the lovely atmosphere.

We’ve covered everything from cocktail parties and fancy dress, to cabarets and bake-offs (we quickly learned from this that our choristers make delicious cakes too!) and we won’t stop there.

Keep your eyes peeled for our next not-to-be-missed choir event! Sing up to our nessletter at the bottom of the page for an exclusive invite!

 

9. You imagine how your all-time favourite song would sound if it was arranged for a choir

You know the one. You can almost hear the alto line kick-starting the arrangement.

Our Musical Architect, Dave Westcott writes all our current arrangements at inspire me. Our musical focus is Pop, Motown and Rock among other genres.

The inspire me song catalogue is developed around inspiring and uplifting songs that are great to sing and also great to listen to.

What’s more? Our arrangements are taught by ear, so you don’t have to read music to sing with us. You never sing on your own and there are absolutely no auditions to join our Superchoir tribe. Sign up for a free taster here.

10. The experience is pretty awesome

From sessions and gigs, to socials and events, there’s something for everybody when they sing in a choir.

The experiences you can have with Superchoir will often be ones you won’t experience elsewhere unless you get yourself into a singing group!

We’re so proud to have been involved in two amazing wedding proposals.

Superchoir and our workplace choirs once surprised a soon-to-become engaged couple in a Cardiff restaurant – the video went viral online!

Our choristers said the experience was amazing and they were thrilled to be involved in something so heart-warming.

That’s the beauty of music; it connects people. Andrea Callanan, voice expert and founder of inspire me releases weekly self-development videos – you can hear her thoughts on music here.

Your voice is wonderful and unique, so share it with the World! You might even surprise yourself with what you can achieve.

To finish with the famous words of William James,

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” – William James

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

 

Chloe Cooke | Inspire Me Team Member
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Chloe Cooke

Choir Motivator & Musical Cookie

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