The Harmonious Choir, named simply “Harmonious” is a fun and light-hearted choir, open to all, regardless of your singing ability.
About the choir
The choir is lead by the hugely talented choirmaster David Phelops, who launched the group in 2009. Since then the choir has gone from strength to strength, performing at a number of important London locations including No 10 Downing Street, Westminster City Hall, Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall to name but a few.
We’re really proud to support Harmonious due to the numerous benefits associated with community singing.
The benefits of community singing
Singing has been shown to improve our sense of happiness and wellbeing. Research has found, that people feel more positive after actively singing than they do after passively listening to music or after chatting about positive life events. Improved mood in part comes directly from the release of positive neurochemicals such as β-endorphin, dopamine and serotonin. It is also likely to be influenced by changes in our sense of social closeness with others.
Increasing evidence suggests that our social connections can play a vital role in maintaining our health – a good social network, for example, can have more health benefits than giving up smoking. So it’s possible that singing as part of Harmonious can improve health by increasing social connectivity, providing a feeling of being connected with the group, leading to a sense of increased community and belonging.
The act of breathing for singing also releases oxygen into the blood, improving your circulation and lifting your mood. Some people may be more prone to feel unhappy when struggling with a physical issue.
Singing also improves cognitive function. When you practice correct diaphragmatic breathing, you take in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. This increases brain circulation, improving its function. So in the longer term, singing can even help guard against dementia and Alzheimers.
When does Harmonious meet?
The choir usually meets on Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Zoom.
How can I register to join?
Joining is free, just click below to sign up, and we’ll send you the details of our next meeting.