Joining Streatham Choral Society last year was one of the best things I’ve done in the last year. It wasn’t until we stood up for the warm-up on the first Monday back that l realised how much I’d missed singing over the summer. They say choral singing is good for you in many ways, but it wasn’t until I took the plunge last year, after 25 years away, that I realised how wonderful it is, despite my initial fears.
I remembered how much of a tongue-twister the warm-ups felt and the nervousness as questions such as “Can I still read music?”, “Will I be able to hit the notes?” ran through my head. But as Callum, our lovely conductor, put us through our paces, it all came back to me. So, if like me a year ago, you are wondering whether joining a choir might be for you, read on for some good reasons to give it a go!
The music: there is nothing like singing in a community. The sense of unison when we all stand up to sing a piece together and the beautiful sound we make together is wonderful. You might feel rusty to start with but it doesn’t take long to find your place and voice again.
The well-being: singing is great exercise! Great for breathing, relaxation and posture at the very least. It is all-absorbing to learn a new piece of music, practise until you get it right and then sing together. A couple of hours away from our usual concerns and stresses; it’s a perfect way to unwind.
Socially: there can be lots more to joining a choir than just music. Social events, concerts, workshops and the opportunity to meet your local community abound. Since joining, I have met so many new faces and tapped into a side of Streatham I didn’t know existed. It has definitely broadened my horizons in SW2!
So if you think you’d like to give singing a go, what are you waiting for?! No audition required and no previous experience necessary. Come along next Monday! Zadok the Priest awaits!