Ask any of the 65 members of Northern Beaches Chorus why they love singing and top of their list is how it makes them feel. The positive effects of choir singing have long been known – from brain exercise, social inclusion, raising self-esteem, improving posture and breath capacity, releasing muscle tension and even pain relief. The opportunity to express emotion and personal experiences through song lyrics is cathartic and liberating.

Northen Beaches Chorus is an award-winning women’s a cappella group, part of Sweet Adelines the world’s largest vocal education organisation for women. They are strong contributors to the Northern Beaches community, gaining local popularity though their spirited carolling performances throughout the beaches at Christmas time and with popular repertoire at charitable and community events throughout the year.

Starting on August 12, Northern Beaches Chorus is running a five-week Sing to Beat the Winter Blues course, aimed at women and girls who like to sing. Participants will learn breathing and vocal harmony techniques, voice exercises and two songs that will be performed with the chorus for family and friends on the final night. Local singer Sharon Stewart of Belrose is keen to share the benefits of her singing hobby with many more local women. ‘I dipped my toe in just to see if I could do it and loved it from the very first night,’ she said. ‘The course is great for oiling rusty voices and proving to yourself you really can sing harmony!’

Music Director Linda Wareham says many women appreciate rekindling the love of singing they displayed at high school but have let go. ‘For anyone keen to stay singing with us after the course, we offer education and exciting performing opportunities that can continue throughout their life,’ she remarked. ‘Our members range in age from early 20s to seniors, singing four different vocal ranges – all connected by their common love of singing harmony.”

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