ONE of Donegal’s best known choirs is calling on new singers to join its ranks to mark National Choral Singing Week.
The Inishowen Gospel Choir is trumpeting the health benefits of singing in choirs to mark National Choral Singing Week, which is taking place this week until Sunday in association with Mental Health Ireland to mark World Mental Health Week.
Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins.
The Inishowen Gospel Choir was established over a decade ago and has become one of the north west’s most popular choirs, singing at events and festivals around the country.
The choir attracts people of all different ages and musical experience who share a love of singing and performing.
It meets every Monday night at Colgan Hall in Carndonagh at 7.30pm.
The choir has a busy schedule of performances through the year, from weddings to festivals, which gives its singers plenty of opportunities to perform.
It has performed at festivals from Glastonbury to the Electric Picnic and performed with leading Irish musicians such as Declan O’Rourke and Liam Ó Maonlaí.
Musical director of the choir, Anna Nolan, said the benefits of signing in a choir are obvious and people who have not experienced it, and think they would enjoy it, should try it.
“Over my ten years with the Inishowen Gospel Choir, I have seen it have such a positive effect on so many people. I have seen it boost people’s confidence, offer a place for friendships to grow and really give people a sense of achievement and general joy. All in all I would wholeheartedly advocate the sentiment that singing is good for your health.”
For further information and to get in touch with the choir go to www.inishowengospelchoir.net or www.facebook.com/TheInishowenGospelChoir/
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