En­joy­ing the ben­e­fits of singing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - ROTARYCORN­ER - By Janet Cooke - email: janet.4.cooke@bt­in­ter­net.com

Many peo­ple thor­oughly en­joy be­ing in a choir. The health ben­e­fits of singing are well doc­u­mented. The so­cial ben­e­fits are sim­i­lar to those achieved by vol­un­teer­ing. Imag­ine hav­ing both!

Vol­un­teer­ing with Ro­tary and be­com­ing a mem­ber of the Ro­tary Voices choir can be trans­for­ma­tional. You feel right at home around peo­ple with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests, build new friend­ships and boost your sense of be­long­ing. You get a chance to sing dif­fer­ent kinds of mu­sic and be around others who share your in­ter­est in mu­sic.

Work­ing to­wards a com­mon goal of rais­ing money to help other peo­ple is a lovely thing to be part of. Mak­ing other peo­ples’ lives bet­ter can be truly in­spi­ra­tional.

Ro­tary Voices is a strong four-part choir made up of en­thu­si­as­tic Ro­tar­i­ans and friends, re­hears­ing weekly in Bramp­ton.

The choir is led by Chris Shan­non, a keen singer and ac­tive mem­ber of Hunt­ing­don Cromwell Ro­tary club. In ad­di­tion to en­ter­tain­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity their per­for­mances have raised in ex­cess of £12,000 for lo­cal char­i­ties – an amaz­ing achieve­ment.

As well as these con­certs, the choir has en­ter­tained many dif­fer­ent groups of peo­ple in­clud­ing the blind vet­er­ans, peo­ple af­fected by de­men­tia and those liv­ing with apha­sia. They have sung at fetes and in schools. A fun ‘sing out’ for the last two years has been to sur­prise Christ­mas shop­pers at Cam­bridge Waitrose by pop­ping up to sing car­ols in the aisles.

Their most re­cent con­cert, Voices for Spring, was per­formed to a packed au­di­ence in the St Thomas a Becket Church in Ram­sey; part of the golden cel­e­bra­tions of Ram­sey Ro­tary club, formed 50 years ago. The choir was sup­ported by a num­ber of per­form­ers in­clud­ing Ouse Val­ley Cho­rus.

King’s School stu­dent Aarathy Thusyan­than, just 16 years old, com­pe­tently played sev­eral com­plex pieces on the pi­ano. Fol­low­ing a Euro­pean tour with the Univer­sity of Chich­ester cham­ber choir, oper­atic so­prano Emily Dar­low (once a fi­nal­ist in the Ro­tary Young Mu­si­cian com­pe­ti­tion) sang for us. Teach­ers Jackie and Adam South­well played duets fea­tur­ing cello, pi­ano and flute.

This con­cert raised over £1,400 to fur­ther the to­tal achieved by the choir. Half of the money will sup­port lo­cal projects sup­ported by Ram­sey Ro­tary and half will help fi­nance on­go­ing work mak­ing the church more ac­ces­si­ble.

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