Why did you start Born to Sing Choirs?
I had returned to Perth from living in USA in 2007 when I was approached by ABC 720 Radio to form a choir (under the name of Born To Sing) comprising of 120 non-singers to sing Christmas Carols in Forrest Place. Once that 6 week program was successfully completed, with some friends, I decided to continue the choir. The Born To Sing choirs now meet weekly in Joondalup, Melville and Rockingham (approximately 160 singers in total).
What are the benefits to mental wellbeing from singing or the choir?
A study from The Royal Society of Open Science by Eiluned Pearce, Jacques Launay and Robin I. M. Dunbar in 2015 states that singing in a choir helps to improve physical and mental health. It reduces stress, creates social bonds. It also bonds large groups effectively and more quickly than other creative pursuits and improves social networks. Singing in a choir also enhances our sense of happiness and wellbeing.
A study by Hilary Moss & Jessica O’Donoghue from the University of Limerick (2018) states the following:
The benefits of attending the choir are seen in workplace engagement, particularly in terms of improved communication between staff in each organisation.
- ‘Communication – helps to interact and communicate with other members of staff.’
- ‘Promotes staff engagement within work setting.’
- ‘Positive outlet for staff, improves relationships with other staff members.
- ‘Easier to approach people in the work setting if you have met them and have gotten to know them in a different capacity.’
- ‘Provides opportunity to engage with those at the senior level’
Sing while you work - the well-being benefits of workplace choirs
Moss, Hilary; O'Donoghue, Jessica