Chapter 6 The Future for BCS

At BCS, we still believe that singing is an ageless enjoyment- you are never too young or too old – music remains a hobby for life. However opportunities to sing are greater than ever but so is competition for members. There are apparently now more choirs in this country than there are fish and chips shops. (The Big Sing).

 

This isn’t surprising. Modern research has now shown what people who sing have always known, that singing is wonderful.

What researchers are beginning to discover is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits”. (Time, Singing Changes your Brain, 2013)

“When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all”. (The Guardian, 2008)

 “Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting”. (Heart Research UK)

“Aerobic activity is linked to stress reduction, longevity and better overall health. Improved airflow in the upper respiratory tract is likely to lessen the opportunity for bacteria to flourish there, countering the symptoms of colds and flu. Singing also aids the development of motor control and coordination, and recent studies have shown that it improves neurological functioning”. (The Guardian 2008)

Some authors make even more extravagant claims about the benefits of singing.

“Sing yourself happy and fit!

Have [you] ever wondered why choral singers look to be on a high?

Singing widens your circle of friends.

Singing increases poise, self-esteem and presentation skills.

Singing strengthens concentration and memory.

Singing develops the lungs and promotes superior posture”. (adelines.com, The Life Affirming Benefits of Singing, 2011)

BCS members cannot but agree with Ella Fitzgerald,

 “The only thing better than singing is more singing”.

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