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Shetland Arts Launch New Wellbeing Choir.

Mareel 20th September – 25th October

 Shetland Arts is launching a natural voice Wellbeing Choir to provide opportunities for members of the public to take advantage of the health and social benefits of singing.

Everyone loves a good song, but increasingly the medical profession is recognising that singing also has considerable health benefits.  The choir will be open to everyone, no previous experience is required, there is no audition and participants are not required to read music. There will be performance opportunities for those who wish it, however the primary aim of the group is to create a friendly, open space for people gather together, enjoy singing and form new friendships. There is absolutely no pressure to become the next signing sensation!

Singing has been proven to have a wide range of health benefits. As an aerobic activity it increases the oxygen level in the blood and exercises the upper body. It also has psychological effects, decreasing stress and inducing a feeling of wellbeing. Singing as a group also brings people together, increasing confidence and creating new social networks. Shetland Arts will be circulating information about the choir around the Health Centres and GPs are encouraged to refer patients suffering from chronic illness, mental health issues and other health problems to the group (carers and family are welcome too). Singing on prescription!

The group will meet on a Tuesday evening from 7-8.30pm at Mareel. The first hour will focus on singing while the final half hour will be an opportunity to have a cup of tea and a chat. Shetland Arts are in the process of appointing a Choir Leader, who will lead the group, and suggest songs, but group members are encouraged to contribute suggestions for their favourite songs, or try out something new.

The group is open to all, and sessions are flexible and can be attended on a drop in basis – participants can book a slot in advance, or simply drop in on the day. There will be a £2 fee to cover refreshments.

Cara McDiarmid, Creative Projects Manager for Shetland Arts, says:

“We have a fantastic Arts and Wellbeing programme at Shetland Arts, working with clients in many different care settings, so I’m very excited to add a new element to our provision with the Wellbeing Choir.    It has come at the perfect time, as the recent success of the ‘From Shetland with Love’ pop up choir shows a real interest in this type of group in Shetland.  My hope is that the community will come together to enjoy this opportunity and improve their health through song.”

For more information please contact:

Cara McDiarmid – Creative Projects Manager

Shetland Arts Development Agency

01595 745759

cara.mcdiarmid@shetlandarts.org

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