Singing For All
If you join Local Vocals you join a choir that gives everyone a chance to sing. We do not audition and we do not expect you to read music. We simply want you to enjoy the thrill of singing a wonderful variety of repertoire with a wonderful variety of people. And yes, you can do it! People arrive at LV with little or no experience and within the first 10 minutes they are singing and holding a part amongst a mix of harmonic voices.
And then, the smile appears. The realisation that they have achieved something as a group. I feel so very lucky to lead them.
We then allow you to perform. Whether singing at a Wedding to unsuspecting guests, at a Christmas Concert in a large concert hall or at summer festival we will give you the power of live performance. Nothing can match it.
Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, has studied developmental and medical aspects of singing for 30 years and he says the health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological. “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. 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."
Regular exercising of the vocal cords can even prolong life, according to research done by leading vocal coach and singer Helen Astrid, from The Helen Astrid Singing Academy in London. "It’s a great way to keep in shape because you are exercising your lungs and heart. Not only that, your body produces ‘feel good’ hormones called endorphins, which rush around your body when you sing. It’s exactly the same when you eat a bar of chocolate. The good news with singing is that you don’t gain any calories!"
Singing even helps you live longer according to the findings of a joint Harvard and Yale study which showed that choral singing increased the life expectancy of the population of New Haven, Connecticut. The report concluded that this was because singing promoted both a healthy heart and an enhanced mental state. Another study at the University of California has reported higher levels of immune system proteins in the saliva of choristers after performing a complex Beethoven masterwork.