All Saints Oving

Vicar’s Feb 20 Message

Dear friends,

Dear friends,

I’m pleased to report that our Community Choir which meets in the Memorial Hall, Quainton every Friday morning from 10.00 to 11.30am got off to a great start at our first rehearsal for the Spring Term. We are maintaining our membership of over 30 people of all ages and backgrounds, and we all enjoy a good sing in a relaxed atmosphere – we like to call it “our stress-free zone!”

There is a gathering body of documented evidence to suggest that there are health benefits when you sing in a choir. Singing is good for you – body, mind and spirit, and I have certainly found that to be true for myself. Music can touch your heart and soul and often can bring about a measure of renewed health and vitality. People in our Waddesdon and Quainton Community Choirs often express these sentiments to me, and I have watched people who confessed to me that they couldn’t sing a note in tune, gradually finding their voice and growing in confidence. It’s a joy to see.

So what are the health benefits? The immune system is strengthened. The University of Frankfurt carried out some research showing this very clearly. The got choir members to sing Mozart’s “Requiem” and after taking blood tests noticed that the amount of proteins in the immune system that function as antibodies were significantly higher immediately after the rehearsal. Creates a sense of physical well-being. Singing can be an excellent form of exercise, especially in this day and age where many of us live quite sedentary lives compared to our ancestors. Singing can increase aerobic capacity and stamina. Encourages good posture, thus relieving unwanted aches and pains! Singing regularly can help our sleep patterns. A clinical trial, by Exeter University and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, showed that the singing exercises, which strengthen certain throat muscles, also alleviated symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. It’s an anti-depressant. Endorphins are released when you sing. These are the feel good factor brain chemicals that make you feel uplifted and positive. Singing gets those brain cells moving! Mental alertness is improved when blood circulation and an oxygenated blood stream allows more oxygen to the brain. Breaking Out Of The Box! Many people can feel trapped by the circumstances of life. Singing in a choir helps to release feelings of freedom and liberty – you can be yourself in the presence of like-minded people who are also on their own personal journey of self-discovery and liberation! Community and social benefits: In our choirs, we have all kinds of people from different backgrounds and because we have a common goal, we work together, make new friends and build friendships.

So there we have it! Join our Community Choir! All welcome.

Blessings all

Rev Steve