Rock Choirs from across South Yorkshire lead the call of Music this BBC Music Day
‘Did you know it’s a scientific fact that when people sing together their hearts beat in the same rhythm?’ Rock Choir South Yorkshire tweeted last month.
‘Many hearts, one beat - that’s Rock Choir.’
Hearts from across the region are gathering to beat as one once again this week as The Rock Choir team collaborates with BBC Music Day to bring music and singing to everyone in the region living with dementia.
And Rock Choir groups in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, and Doncaster will reach out to individuals who have, in some way, been affected by dementia – either through their own personal experience or by close contact with a family member or friend.These four groups are inviting the carers of anyone affected by dementia to attend one of their rehearsals free of charge, to enjoy a fun and up-lifting singing session whilst meeting new friends, and benefitting from the well-being aspects of music and singing. Local Rock Choir leader, Kate Threlfall, said: “We hear so many stories from our members of the difficulties experienced in supporting a loved one who has dementia and how Rock Choir has been a huge support to them during this time.
“We are delighted to be opening our doors next week, along with 400 other rehearsal venues across the UK, to welcome anyone who might be caring for someone living with dementia to offer them the opportunity to enjoy some well-deserved me time and to experience the natural ‘high’ of singing with like-minded people.”
Earlier this month, 10,000 Rock Choir members, including some from South Yorkshire, travelled to the BBC Proms in the Park on London’s Hyde Park, performing for an audience of 40,000 people with Rock Choir creator and founder Caroline Redman Lusher.
Caroline said: “Rock Choir is the pioneering contemporary choir of the UK and remains unique with over 20,000 members enjoying it across the UK.
“Each member is welcomed into the Rock Choir family and their journey with us allows music, friendship, and a new-found confidence to impact their everyday lives.
“We have been perfecting Rock Choir for 10 years now and have achieved an award-winning standard of excellence in both the educational and emotional aspects of what we try to do. Together we have created a safe, up-lifting and exciting experience just for you.
“Its well-known and uplifting ethos of fun, friendship and community spirit is a huge part of Rock Choir's attraction where members enjoy a dynamic and busy new social life whilst connecting with their community. At an individual level it helps improve people's well-being by building their self-confidence, self-esteem and in turn improving their mental health and general health.”
If you are carer, and would like to join a free Rock Choir session this week, visit www.rockchoir.com