Rock Choir is the pioneering contemporary choir of the UK and remains unique with over 30,000 members participating in approximately 400 local communities. It offers all ages an alternative experience to the traditional classical or community choir introducing members to feel-good pop, rock and contemporary chart songs.
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.
This was even scientifically proven when, in 2018, the BBC TV programme Trust Me I’m A Doctor
, used members of Rock Choir for an experiment to find out if singing, cycling and dancing boosted our levels of endocannabinoids – neurotransmitters thought to be the cause of the 'natural high'. These chemicals have only recently been discovered and are similar in structure to the chemicals found in the cannabis plant. As well as giving us a 'buzz', these chemicals are linked to improving mood and reducing anxiety and stress.
Under the direction of physiologist Dr Saoirse O'Sullivan, the group of Rock Choir members were tested in each activity over four days with interviews and blood taken to monitor their levels of endocannabinoids. The end result was extremely exciting. Whilst dancing and cycling raised their happiness levels by 20%, singing raised them by an extraordinary 40%; an exciting discovery that could help enormously with our approach to mental health.
Rock Choir founder, Caroline Redman Lusher, says: 'Rock Choir has made a huge impact on the well-being of its members. In fact, it's brought joy to all of us. I've seen first-hand how being part of Rock Choir has improved lives; some of our members have reported that they've come off anti-depressants, found new confidence in themselves and found pure happiness again. Their well-being has impacted their relationships around them too; their family, friends and colleagues, and they will continue to feel better and stronger the longer they sing'.
The Rock Choir team consists of over 140 individuals including 80 professional musicians and performers – the leaders – who each deliver weekly Rock Choir rehearsals in their own local communities.
Elaine Williamson, Rock Choir leader for the Glasgow, Kirkintilloch, Newton Mearns and Edinburgh choirs said: 'Leading our local Rock Choirs is a privilege – the choirs become an extension of our families and I am proud of how much the members have bonded and how much joy they get from singing together. We are always looking for new members and we hope to welcome some new faces – and voices – this New Year. The mental health benefits of singing collectively are proven so we encourage men and women of all ages and abilities to consider joining Rock Choir as a new adventure in 2020'.
Rock Choir has appeared on many TV and Radio shows including The One Show
, Britain's Got Talent
, Good Morning Britain
, This Morning
, BBC Breakfast
, Sky News
, Radio 2's Michael Ball Show
, Clare Balding's Good Morning Sunday
and many more.
To find your closest Rock Choir and to book your free taster session, visit www.rockchoir.com