Singing On Prescription?

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“First it was exercise on prescription, then it was arts on prescription, soon it could be singing on prescription, as the clinical evidence builds up, and as more and more projects promote the benefits of singing to health and wellbeing, both for those in generally good health and those with physical and mental health problems, or who find themselves socially excluded or isolated.”

Grenville Hancox MBE, Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health based at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK believes that we are not too far away from having your local GP say: “Go and have a sing with that lot down the road” instead of “take these pills three times a day!”

The article goes on to explain about seven therapeutic outcomes from singing in a group; Communication, Cognition, Engagement, Confidence, Relationships, Empowerment and Exercise and stress reduction.

Some of these benefits are felt by our choir members. In a recent feedback survey, the following comments were made:

“I love being part of a team and having an extended family!”
“This is the friendliest choir I have ever belonged to.”
“I can’t wait for tues evenings to have 1 and a half hours of wonderful practice and singing with such a lovely selection of songs.”
“Please make the one and a half hours go slower!!”
Read the full article here …

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Music For A Summer Evening …

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For our next offering, we are delighted to be sharing the stage with The Voice Squad – an award winning youth choir from Bury St Edmunds.

Both groups will be performing a range of music covering Pop, Musical, Classical and Folk/Spiritual genres so there will be something for everyone!

This is definitely one not to miss and it’s great to be back at All Saints for this programme.

See you there!

Through The Decades …

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On Saturday 25th April, Newmarket Community Choir will take you on a musical journey through the decades.

Whilst we could have found some music based on the early notation methods of Guido d’Arrezo from 1026, we thought it might be easier to start 900 years later, in the 1920’s.
Covering almost 1000 years of music would also make for a much longer performance!

We’ll be singing some popular favorites from the 1920’s right up to present day.

The Newmarket Community Choir are proud to be supporting Red2Green; all proceeds from the concert will be put towards some musical equipment for the charity.

We hope to see you all there!

New Year, New You …

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After a wonderful 2014, Newmarket Community Choir would like to wish all of our dedicated supporters a happy New Year!

Many of us have New Year’s resolutions (which some keep for longer than others!) and a common theme is often based around joining clubs or groups.

If you are looking for something fun, uplifting and enjoyable, with a strong sense of team work and camaraderie … why not try singing in a choir?!
It’s even been scientifically proven that singing actually benefits your health.

Sounds too good to be true huh?!

Here at NCC, we focus on getting together to make a great sound and have as much fun as possible.

We have all been in the situation where we are daunted by having to sing in front of people. Your voice is different to all other instruments because it is such a personal thing.
Being in a relaxed and welcoming environment can really fill you with confidence and it won’t be long before you are free-styling like Beyoncé or crooning your way to singing Sinatra at your next dinner party …

NCC meet every Tuesday, at Palace House in Newmarket; 7pm-8:30pm.
Come along and try it for free from the 13th January 2015.

Be prepared to enjoy yourself to the max and keep this New Years’ resolution through to 2016 …

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The Silver Song Box

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In the four years that the Community Choir has been running, there have been some truly wonderful highlights.

The last few concerts that we have done have been brilliantly supported by the Newmarket community and it makes the choir ‘experience’ even more rewarding when there is a packed out concert venue.

Our concert at Christmas and our Rhythm Of Life concert in March raised a total of £2100 for two separate charities. The Christmas concert brought some much needed funds for our chosen charity of the year “Sing For Your Life” and the March concert raised an amazing £1400 for the Healing Hearts Appeal at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

When we chose “Sing For Your Life” as our charity, it struck a chord with us all in the choir as their mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of people through singing.
We set a challenge to try and purchase a Silver Song Music Box for the Newmarket region.

The Music Box is simple to use and does not require any formal musical training to operate. It enables people to gain from the many benefits that this group activity allows on a regular (daily) singing basis – a lot more often than is usually possible. It plugs into a television, or it can be operated through a projector & speakers. The bespoke piano accompaniment is designed to replicate singing round the piano in a pub or in the home.  Unlike a Karaoke machine, which has a lot going on via the visual & musical backgrounds which can be confusing to many patients, the Music Box has been adapted to provide a simple colour background with only the words being displayed.  Crucially, the key and speed can be changed to suit each individual patient group. It is also possible to show images on the screen which has been found to be very useful in the field of reminiscence.

After a generous donation from Forrest Heath District Council, we were delighted to purchase a Silver Song Box for the Newmarket region and some of the community choir members spent an afternoon with the Newmarket Day Centre to officially ‘hand-over’ the box for the Day Centre to look after. Whilst they will be the owners of the box, they will be lending it out to the care homes throughout the region.

It was a wonderful achievement for the choir and we are so pleased with the help that we’ve had through all of our fundraising efforts; including our 2013 Charity Christmas single!

Thank you all for your continued support and we’ll see you at the next concert!

Keep singing …

www.singforyourlife.org.uk
Healing Hearts Appeal

Saturday Night At The Movies!

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On Saturday 12th July, the Newmarket Community Choir are proud to bring you an evening of songs from the movies!

Backed by a live band and iconic images from the films, you will hear famous pieces from such films as Lord Of The Rings, Rock Of Ages, Shrek and a selection of the, quintessentially British, James Bond themes.

Join us from 4:45pm for a perfect family afternoon out! There will be a fete to enjoy before the event with various games to play and prizes to be won and, of course, an opportunity to stock up on popcorn; the perfect accompaniment for the show (6:15pm start).