• Sonia Price

Summer is i-cumen in (almost)

What a fabulous Spring term we've enjoyed! It seems to have flown by, and I was completely taken by surprise to realise that next week is our end-of-term eat-up, I mean, sing-up. We've covered a huge number of songs this term, from Lloyd Webber to Rodgers and Hammerstein, and a healthy blend of 'traditional' and 'anon' to keep us on our toes. What's struck me, in particular, is the depth of sound and confidence that has developed, and I think we can possible thank our growing number of men in helping with this. Isn't it wonderful to hear the growling bass baritone (is that you, Roger?) complemented by soaring tenor voices - and all those in between.

Many of our singers have talked to me about the impact this group has on their wellbeing, and I am continually blown away by the powerful effect that group singing has - not only on our (and I include myself here) psychological health, but the very specific physical effects that folks report. There's great debate as to how singing for health might find its way into prescribing pathways under the NHS guidelines for long term conditions. Well, while we wait for the department of health to play catch-up, let's continue to enjoy what is, for many of us, the highlight of our week, and watch amazed as our wonderful group goes from strength to strength. Happy Easter, folks, and roll on the summer....