Sing ‘til you’re grinning
Salford Community Leisure’s Arts Development Officer has been piloting a participatory arts and science programme focusing on an adult singing activity, delivered by MAPAS, Salford’s Music And Performing Arts Service. The programme was part of Manchester Science Festival 2017 and The University of Salford is the science partner. 'Sing 'til you're grinning' was a free event which took place at Eccles Library on Thursday 26th October 2017.
Leading up to this event, the active lifestyles team at SCL have been conducting health and wellbeing assessments at the twelve weekly singing workshops between August and October 2017.
At this relaxed, one-off event members of the audience were invited to meet the choir and project team and learn about the findings from this illustrative study. The project team engaged the audience in an informal discussion including:
- Current research around arts, health and choirs and an easy to understand scientific explanation of how singing can improve health and wellbeing by Dr. Marieke Navin.
- Explanation of the health and wellbeing assessment, findings and benefits to choir members by Active Lifestyles Officer, Jo Bennett.
- Discovering how group singing can support the 5 ways to wellbeing and promotion of Libraries ‘Reading Well’ collection by Carol Prettyman-Lowth.
Ashley Mellor led a relaxed, participatory singing activity and engaged the choir and audience in an informal chat about how the choir has improved their health and wellbeing.