It has been a busy ten days working with, and enjoying the sounds of, four very different choirs in Yorkshire. Performances in the sympathetic acoustic of Wakefield Cathedral to the unresponsive dryness of the Holiday Inn Barnsley function room and somewhere in the middle a refurbished factory that is Hope Bank Works.
There have been a number of studies promoting the benefits of singing in a choir, and music in general, for all ages. Here are a few links to some articles and research.
Each choir has been a pleasure to listen to and accompany with a diverse collection of music including Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man sung by the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir https://www.facebook.com/Yorksphilchoir/, gospel and Coldplay from the Barnsley Youth Choir http://www.barnsleyyouthchoir.org.uk/, Salsa favourites with the Hope Bank Community Choir http://hopebankworks.co.uk/ and anything goes with the Monday afternoon Hope Bank sing song that can include cake, sherry and lots of conversation as well.
Catch future concerts if you can although the 8th and 9th December Christmas concerts by Barnsley Youth Choir sold out a few days after going on sale, the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir sing again in Wakefield Cathedral on the 16th December and Hope Bank Christmas concerts are the 10th and 17th December featuring bands, choir and small groups.
© Peter R. Birkby 2017