B Sharp’s pop-up choir a huge success

A POP-UP choir event, recently held in Seaton by Lyme Regis-based music charity B Sharp, was deemed a huge success.

The event at Seaton’s Gateway Theatre saw 30 people aged from 11 years old up to those in their 70s coming together to sing. The pop-up choir event was part of a brand new programme that B Sharp’s recently-appointed chief executive and artistic director, Ruth Cohen, has put into place for 2019.

Ruth commented: “We had a great afternoon with singers of all levels of confidence turning up to join in. Children and teenagers came to sing with their dads and their grans, and you could feel the positivity in the air!”

Ellie Walker, one of B Sharp’s music leaders, organised the pop-up choir event and participants clearly enjoyed her enthusiasm and inspiring teaching techniques.

Mary Bowles of Seaton Gateway commented: “Ellie was such a good teacher! Using her bubbly personality, music skills and humour she soon got everyone to relax, and within 15 minutes we were all making some great harmonies.”

The positive benefits of singing with others for your health have been well documented recently. Not only does it strengthen your immune system and is a great workout for your lungs, it can improve posture, help sleep and bring numerous psychological and emotional benefits such as reducing stress.

The wellbeing effects were evident to everyone attending.

One participant noted: “It made me feel happy on a miserable day!”

Another added: “I already feel less stressed. It was such good fun singing together with everyone!”

If you would like to participate in B Sharp’s music-making events in future, register by emailing ruthcohen@bsharp.org.uk, or phone 07947 334 138.

You can also contact the charity if you would like it to arrange a pop-up choir in your area. More details can be found on B Sharp’s website www.bsharp.org.uk

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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