Sing out loud and proud at the GCP Choir!
If you Google ‘singing in a choir’, the list of benefits is too long to write here but includes, releasing endorphins, improving lung function, beating stress and anxiety, improving memory, and gaining greater social interaction and a sense of community.
So, it’s no surprise that the Choir is a popular class currently running on a Tuesday evening between 4-5.30pm.
Celebrating Better Times and a Merry Little Christmas, our volunteer Caroline captured the heart and soul of a recent session.
Our main picture shows Andy, Mike, Anne, Charlotte and Allan clapping and singing out loud and proud.
The joy of singing
Sarah recently took over as GCP’s Choir Leader and encourages everyone to join in at their own pitch and pace, she firmly believes anyone can sing. Sarah used to work with a community choir in Greenwich, London, and stresses that the choir is for everyone,
‘Often people have had their confidence knocked at school and haven’t sung since. I had a 70-year-old woman who plucked up the courage to join my last choir, despite being nervous she became a regular and was a great singer. Don’t let anyone put you off!’
The GCP choir practise several pieces each week, including harmonies and clapping along. They are particularly busy in the autumn and winter leading up to their Christmas party performance. Some people have been coming along for years, such as Brian, who says attending is ‘therapeutic for everyone’. Others, like volunteer Anne, have only been coming for a few weeks, but everyone clearly enjoys the singing.
See Sarah conducting the choir, picture below. And you can also listen to her introducing the choir to ‘Merry Little Christmas’
You can also listen and sing along to ‘Better Things Will Come.’
As you can see, Billy’s guide dog, Frankie, seems to approve of the singing too!
A BIG THANK YOU
The Grassmarket Community Project’s Members Programme relies on the generosity of our customers, funders and donors. Our key funders for this area of our work are Nationwide Community Grants, The Robertson Trust and EVOC/Scottish Government Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund. We thank them for their essential continued support.