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Get warbling, get happy

Feeling all miserable and stressy. Don't bottle it up any longer...

Published on March 30th 2010.

Get warbling, get happy

WHAT IF there was a completely free treatment that lowered blood pressure, was effective against depression and stress, and generally benefited your feelgood vibrations with no side effects. Wouldn't you be tempted?

Especially if all you had to do was open wide.

Yes, singing. When it comes to twanging the old vocal chords, some people you can't stop. They are those happy, stress free ones – OK, yes, we know all about Edith Piaf and Kurt Cobain too.

But some of us are so tightlipped and clenched that a bit of a blast might save the day. Enter the Liverpool based I Choir to get you warbling like a good 'un.

I Choir aims to show people the health benefits of singing in a free event at Liverpool’s Quaker Meeting House in School Lane on Easter Saturday, April 3.

Sing in Spring, they call it – an event funded by the Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services ‘Your Neighbourhood Matters’ fund.

It's a family friendly day of activities. As well as choir performances, there are also singing workshops, open mic spots and aromatherapy taster sessions. There’s also tea and coffee, hot cross buns and home made scouse.

I Choir’s Mike Carr said: “This will be a fun day, which is going to be both enjoyable and relaxing. People might choose to stay all day, or they’re welcome to pop in for just a little while. We’re in the midst of Liverpool One, so maybe shoppers might like to give their feet and credit cards a rest for a while, enjoy a bite to eat and listen to the music.”

“The I Choir has always had a focus on mental well being and social inclusion”, he tells us. “A couple of its founders work in mental health. We began as an after work choir for the staff of a mental health charity. Then, the choir expanded to include people with mental health problems, and finally began advertising for members of the general public to join us.”

“Our choir is open to everyone. We think we’re unique in Liverpool, in the manner in which we have achieved social inclusion in a very natural way, and given some previously marginalised people a sense of belonging and friendship. But the main thing is that we meet up once a week in St Bride’s church to have fun singing together. You really do feel happier and more relaxed after belting out a few good tunes.”

*‘Sing in Spring’ runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday 3rd April at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BH, next door to The Bluecoat.

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