Thanks to proceeds generated from Lincs Inspire’s FIT TO PARTY event held in February, a new communal singing project with an emphasis on improving the health and wellbeing of local people will be running out of Cleethorpes Library every Monday at 11:15am-12:15pm starting from 8th April.
‘Chorus and a Cuppa’ will offer the opportunity for people in the local community to get together and sing in a relaxed environment, whilst enjoying a cup of tea and a chat. The pilot project, led by Lincs Inspire’s Arts Development Team, is aimed at everyone, including those managing long term health problems, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The ability to read music or have any previous experience in singing is not required.
Inspiration for the project has followed from the success of a similar communal singing group led by the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) in York. The NCEM were able to document significant improvements to the health and wellbeing as expressed by those taking part. Improvements with posture, sleep, mental alertness and social interaction have also been connected to communal singing in other studies.
Caroline Moorby, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire said: “We are really excited to bring Chorus and a cuppa into our local Cleethorpes library and hope that people will come along and join in with our informal ‘sing along’. As a company we are passionate about bringing positive activities into our communities to help boost wellbeing and we feel that singing is a great way to do this!”
The pilot of Chorus and a Cuppa will initially run for 6 weeks and is free to attend, for more information please call Cleethorpes Library on (01472) 323650. Please note that Chorus and a Cuppa will not be taking place on Monday, April 22, and Monday, May 6 due to bank holidays.