Brighton musical director champions music for health

Musical director Simon Gray is stressing the mental health benefits of singing.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 1:05 pm
Musical director Simon Gray

Simon, who has been involved in the musical theatre scene as well as many other musical assignments, concerts, operas and top shows for more than 40 years, has been running Singing for Pleasure (www.singingforpleasure.com) successfully in Brighton and Hove for more than eight years.

The group has now gone online.

“Every week there is the opportunity to get together and sing songs from the shows as well as standards from other genres. Over the years we have built up a repertoire of over 400 songs.

“Singing is now widely recognised as producing a whole host of health benefits and it could be argued that singing should more broadly be part of everyday life. Singing, through the emotional experience of one’s feelings, has the power to alter and enhance the mood of the singer. Since ancient times, singing has been considered a great healing tool as it can influence brain wave frequencies and promote well being. It can lower blood pressure as well as boost the immune system and, of course, no one can argue with how singing with others promotes communal bonding.

“Singing and relaxation is now being advertised in GP surgeries throughout Brighton & Hove. So, all in all there are many compelling reasons to loosen up the vocal cords and get singing!”

Singing for Pleasure have successfully created a harmonious environment to sing, relax and make new friends. There is no upper age limit.

“In March 2020, when suddenly the world changed, Singing for Pleasure had to stop, along with all other choirs, theatre, orchestras, bands etc. Gradually the arts and entertainment world has started to adapt to the situation and a lot of performing has gone online until such time when it can return to the theatres and halls.

“Singing for Pleasure is pleased to announce that it too has gone online and the weekly meetings have started up again. All you need is a personal computer, or a lap-top or an iPad/tablet and you can join us every Thursday afternoon for an uplifting hour of singing.

“Singing for Pleasure has also held fund raising events in support of local charities. Indeed, the group is happy to assist all charities by singing free of charge at suitable events in the future once things get started again. Phone 01273 555089 for more information. SFP have supported events raising funds for The Martlets Hospice and Chestnut Tree House.

“Why not come along for a free taster session? Please phone Robert or Corinne Blass on 01273 555089 to register your interest.”

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