FREE Voice of Hope Wellbeing Gospel Choir Taster Workshop – 6 April 2018
For those who are unwell and on the journey towards wellness, carers and care workers looking to boost vitality and confience, Voice of Hope Wellbeing Gospel Choir is offering a FREE gospel choir taster session on Friday 6th April 2018. The workshop will be held at The Sanctuary, Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) Level 4, King Edward Building, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol BS2 8HW and will last an hour and a half.
Why is tapping into the joy and therapeutic power of singing gospel so effective?
Research has shown for some time that singing in a choir has tremendous benefits for physical and mental wellbeing, leading some to campaign for it to be prescribed as a treatment for medical conditions.
In addition, recent findings from a number of studies suggest there are a number of specific benefits related to choral singing which are unique to this pastime. Here are a few clear and compelling benefits of engaging with this therapeutic and enjoyable activity: strengthened feeling of togetherness, regulated heart rate, reduced stress levels and depression, improved symptoms of Parkinson’s and lung disease and increased levels of immune proteins.
By attending the taster session participants can expect to:
- Receive a Warm and Friendly Welcome – enjoy a warm and friendly welcome from the Voice of Hope support team, on hand to help you and to answer any questions you may have.
- Make a Joyful Noise – experience the exhilaration of singing gospel music as part of a choir and the thrill of making a joyful noise with others.
- Engage with Inspired Learning – Be inspired by Kim Samuels, one of the city’s most experienced gospel choir directors, whilst having fun developing your singing ability.
When asked about the reasons behind the decision to provide a free workshop on such an in-demand topic, Kim Samuels, Choir Director of Voice of Hope Wellbeing Gospel Choir said:
“Winter time can be an emotionally low time for many people, especially those suffering with some kind of illness and their carers who are supporting them. The workshop session is being held in springtime to encourage and boost the spirits of participants.
I have been conducting gospel choirs in London and now Bristol for over 30 years and have come to understand the power of singing gospel music in a choir setting for our wellbeing where we get to sing from the heart in a friendly and supportive environment.
To fully benefit from the therapeutic effects of singing in a choir, committing to block of regular choir sessions will make a real difference when it comes to boosting wellbeing. The Taster workshop, however, will be an excellent starting point especially for individuals who have not yet experienced singing in a gospel choir. I hope those who have a really positive experience attending the taster session will then go on to sign up for the next full term of singing with the Voice of Hope Wellbeing Gospel Choir starting a couple of weeks after the Taster.”
Those on the journey towards wellness or needing a lift and a little encouragement can find the most up-to-date information about the free taster workshop, and the upcoming term of choir sessions, at voiceofhopechoir.org. Individuals with specific questions about the workshop itself may contact Voice of Hope Wellbeing Gospel Choir via the Contact page on the website.