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Cornwall encouraged to sing for its health and wellbeing

By CG_Caroline  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

Cornwall encouraged to sing for its health and wellbeing

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A song a day could keep the doctor away, according to a St Austell vocal coach.

Tracey Bailey says singing hits the right note when it comes to people’s health and wellbeing.

The musical director of the award-winning ladies barbershop choir Champagne Cornwall Chorus Tracey Bailey candidly admits she is on mission to get people singing “in the car, in the shower or maybe in front of a thousand of people.”

“There is lots of singing that needs to be done and I would like to get everyone singing. There are lots of health and wellbeing benefits from singing. It’s great for your breathing, great for just keeping calm and it helps people with depression.”

Mrs Bailey, who has been coaching for over 20 years, added: “When you sing a different part of your brain is activated, for example, you can have a stroke victim who cannot speak but may be able to sing.

“It’s the same for Gareth Gates (runner-up in the first ITV series Pop Idol and a current contestant on the final series of the TV channel’s Dancing on Ice) he has a stammer but when he sings it disappears and he can sing perfectly.

“When you sing it also releases those same endorphins we get when we exercise so singing gives us that same feel good feeling.”

Sandra Miles, NHS Kernow's Joint Programme Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disability, agrees singing is one of the steps people can take to good mental health and wellbeing.

She said: “Joining a group such as a choir or singing group would be a good way to meet new people and could help raise your spirits, as well as the roof if you hit the high notes.

Mrs Bailey has also already run various school workshops in schools, including Penrice Community College and for disabled children and their families, which culminated with a festival of song, in her bid to strike a chord with the community.

The teacher added: “People think they can’t sing, but they can. Maybe someone has told them they can’t or they weren’t picked for school choir or they simply assume they can’t do it.

She has recently launched a regular singing club for youngsters, following requests from parents.

“We’ll be singing contemporary songs, rock and pop, songs from pop stars like Katy Perry. We’ll be having fun, there will be no audition for the singing club and I’d encourage them to come along and have a go and I would say to everyone sing a song; whether it’s in the car, in the shower or maybe in front of a thousand people, sing, sing, sing!”

Melodees and Harmonix Singing Club has three classes; aged 5 – 8 years, 9-12 years, and 13 + years, every Thursday during term time, at St Austell Football Club between 5pm and 8pm. Cost is £4-£6 per session.

For more details call 07947 616951 or email mhsingingclub@gmail.com and visit Cornwall Mental Health.com or Mind

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