This site was originally about the Callington singers choir. We are going to look briefly here at the benefits that singing in a choir, or just singing in general, can provide.
Singing in the Bath
If you are an avid singer and enjoy, like most of us do, singing in the bath or singing whilst doing the daily chores, than the benefits of joining a choir may well be more than meets the eye. It has been scientifically proven that singing in a choir improves the flow of oxygen around your body and increases those hormones that make you feel good. Furthermore, choir singing may also improve immunity in those affected by all types of cancer, including breast cancer and lung cancer according to a recent scientific study.
Health Benefits of singing in a choir
The results of the study showed that singing in a choir boosts the immune system. This study also showed that participating in any group activity be it singing, dance, gym, walking or a running club improves both physical and mental well being
Something amazing happens when you sing – both your physical and emotional state is uplifted. So imagine the impact when you have 20 or more people each adding their individual voice to create a unique whole – where each individual’s voice is heard but the unique harmony of the group is a separate entity in itself.
Most of us have witnessed, or experienced this strange collective energy at some point in our lives. Think of huge concerts whereby there is a mutual appreciation of the artist, and there are points whereby everybody is singing along and the shared energy can be electrical. Think of huge political rallies, or religious services whereby you get the same collective energy that becomes something in and of itself but is also made up of each individual’s contribution. So it is with the choir.
The rise of the Choir
Choral singing used to be seen as something old-fashioned, related to the church, or generally quite staid and dull. However, it is a trend that is on the increase both in the US and England. A staggering 32.5 million adults sing in a choir in the US alone. Although most of these people will not be aware of the health and social benefits, the feel good factor is enough to keep the figures on the rise. The choral groups have become very diverse – from the original gospel choirs to the more modern groups covering popular music.
Group singing may help reduce Stress
Group singing, or being part of a choir has a strange mix of being extremely calming whilst at the same time, lifting mood and spirit according to scientific studies. One, recent research study, showed that in a low-stress environment, such as choir practice, the stress hormones in the body were significantly decreased demonstrating that choral singing may help reduce anxiety disorders such as panic attacks by focusing the mind elsewhere and physically reducing stress. NB: In high stress performances, such as large public concerts the inverse was seen, that is stress levels increased significantly.
Proven Health Benefits of singing in a Choir
A study examining 84 participants of a university choral association found that 87% stated they had benefited socially, 75% believed that they had benefited emotionally and 58% of members felt that they had benefited physically.
Six major benefits were identified for joining a choir, or singing in a group, by Olbimin rotation and these were:-
- Benefits for well-being and relaxation
- Benefits for breathing and posture
- Social Benefits
- Spiritual Benefits
- Emotional Benefits
- Benefits for the heart and immune system
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