Latest News from the Got 2 Sing show choir
Friday 29th September 2017
Got 2 Sing Celebrates World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in Kidderminster!
If you happened to have been in Kidderminster on Friday 29th September then you may have heard the joyful
sounds of ‘Got 2 Sing.’
Fifty choir members sang to help raise awareness for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning organised by MacMillan Cancer Support. Shoppers dug deep into their pockets to support the charity, and the sun shone so there was plenty to smile about!
First stop was Weavers Wharf where the crowds were treated to ‘Happy Together’ and ‘Love Runs Out’ amongst others, in beautiful 3-part harmony, before the choir moved round to the Town Hall to deliver more harmonious renditions. It was then a dash to down a well-earned coffee at Kidderminster’s new ‘Riverside’ development, with more singing on the way!
A whopping grand total of over £1500 was raised for the charity – from the town centre sing out and cake sales which had been held across all the Midlands Got 2 Sing choirs in the last week.
Beth Dunn, Director and founder of Got 2 Sing, commented, ‘Our members have been busy baking and singing this week and I’m thrilled that we have raised so much for this most worthy charity. With our concert recently at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall which raised an amazing £8500 for Worcester Breast Unit Haven this pushes our charity fundraising over 5 years to over £100,000 – which is an incredible amount.
Peter Michael Town Centre Manager for Wyre Forest, stopped by to express his thanks to the choir and said they would be made extremely welcome at any time!
Monday 4th September 2017
Got 2 Sing’s Fundraising Total Hits £100,000
Got 2 Sing’s Symphony Hall Concert in September saw over £8500 raised for Worcester Breast Unit Haven and it also saw the grand total of money raised for Charity by the group of choirs to over £100,000 since it opened its doors 6 years ago.
Charities which have benefitted over the years have been both local and national and have included hospices local to individual choirs across the Midlands, Leukaemia Care, Children in Need, the Lung Foundation and Stroke Association. A whole host of events are planned each year to help support such good causes from Christmas Concerts to national charity days such as the great Macmillan Coffee morning….it’s all part of what makes Got 2 Sing great!
Sunday 3rd September 2017
Got 2 Sing Helps Local Breast Cancer Charity with Symphony Hall Concert
Singing on stage at Birmingham's prestigious Symphony Hall is something many people can only dream of, but for members of Worcester's Got 2 Sing contemporary choir it was a reality.
They formed part of the 500 strong Got 2 Sing group of choirs which packed the stage on Sunday at that internationally renowned concert venue for a One Voice concert, raising over £8,300 for the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven charity.
Beth Dunn, founder and director of Got 2 Sing, was delighted with the success of the evening. She said: "It was a superb concert on every level. We’ve been inundated with messages praising the choir for their professional, polished performance and we were delighted with the amount raised for the charity.
"As a non-auditioned choir, it was simply incredible to hear everyone singing their hearts out on stage and what a fantastic sound they made. It was truly amazing.”
Lexi Craigie, chief fundraiser for the charity, said: “We are thrilled with the fantastic amount of money raised. These funds are vital to enable the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven help those with breast cancer so we’re incredibly grateful to everyone for their support.”
The 2,000-plus audience was treated to a full programme of contemporary songs, opening with You’re the Voice, through to a spectacular performance of One Voice before ending with a traditional flag-waving Proms finale which included Land of Hope and Glory.
The choir comprised members from Worcester and nine other Got 2 Sing choirs from across the Midlands.
Tenor Russell Painter was compere for the evening and also joined the Youth Choir in its rendition of a Sound of Music medley.
Saturday 25th March 2017
Not only was it a bright and beautiful Saturday but Got 2 Sing raised just over £90 for Worcester Breast Unit Haven in the process!
Choir members thrilled Severn Valley Railway visitors by spreading their joy at Kidderminster Station before boarding the 11am train to the Engine Room at Highley. A huge thank you to everyone who supported us!
Friday 24th March 2017
'Got 2 Sing' do their thing and raise just under £900 for Comic Relief
'Got 2 Sing' entered into the spirit of Comic Relief and helped to raise £893 in the process!
Choir members from Got 2 Sing not only donned red noses but also red t-shirts, jumpers and dresses....including the male members!
But it was the 'Got 2 Sing Youth Choir', made up of 9 – 16 year olds, who made the biggest impression by putting on a show for the adult members with their rendition of "One Way or Another/Teenage Kicks" joined by several male members masquerading as ‘One Direction!’
The fun night of fundraising fell in the middle of choir rehearsals for Got 2 Sing’s Symphony Hall Concert this September, themed ‘One Voice’, where over 500 members will take to the stage.
Each of the ten Got 2 Sing choirs which span the West Midlands, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire did their 'own thing' to help raise the money last week.
Beth Dunn, founder and director of 'Got 2 Sing' commented, "Red Nose Day as it is famously known gives us a wonderful opportunity to have great fun and raise funds for this amazing charity. It's good to know we have played a part in funding some incredible projects, in the UK and Africa to tackle projects which address poverty and injustice.”
Saturday 18th February 2017
Sing Out Raises over £230 for Worcester Breast Unit Haven
A huge thank you to everyone who supported us on Saturday 18th February at Six Ways Stadium for the Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs game, where we were also raising money for the Worcester Breast Unit Haven.
"The Got2Sing choir were fantastic! Their voices are just beautiful and they really did get the crowd going, singing and dancing – it was a wonderful atmosphere. We’ve had the money double counted and we’ve raised £231.02 which is just brilliant" added Alexandra Evans from WBUH.
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Singing does the power of good!
Local choir leaders were ringing in the new year by celebrating having ‘done some good’ and raised in excess of £90,000 for local and national charities since they first opened their doors in 2011.
Got 2 Sing choirs, founded by Beth Dunn, span the Midlands and they never need an excuse to do a little fundraising – be it a national charity day such as ‘Children in Need’ or in supporting local Hospices at their many ‘sing outs’ or concerts. Local charities to have benefitted include Mary Steven’s Hospice, St. Richard's Hospice, Severn Hospice and Worcester Breast Unit Haven.
Beth commented, “We’re always encouraging new people to join the choir by shouting out the benefits that singing brings to people’s lives, however we can now mean it in the literal sense too! I’m delighted that we have achieved over £90,000 for various charities – I’m sure the monies raised will have brought real benefits to many.”
Whilst in the physical sense, singing exercises our lungs, toning up our intercostal muscles and our diaphragm. We benefit our hearts and circulation by improving our aerobic capacity and we decrease muscle tension. Our sinuses and respiratory tubes are opened up more and our immune system is given a boost enabling us to fight disease it is believed – perhaps the best reason ever to join a choir in the bleak mid-winter!
The charitable theme continues with Got 2 Sing into 2017 too whereby they will be supporting Worcester Breast Unit Haven at their Symphony Hall Concert in September.
It is fair to say that singing in a choir certainly does the power of good – both physically and literally! So if you are looking to do something positive, either for your own benefit or to help support a charity in the New Year, consider your local choir. Free ‘Open Rehearsals’ are being offered w/c Monday 16th January, 7.30 - 9.00pm or anyone wishing to try it out for themselves. To find your loca choir click here.
Sunday 27th November 2016
Youth Choir Enters into the Spirit of Christmas at the Cone!
What a wonderful time Got 2 Sing Youth Choir had singing at the Teenage Market and Christmas Fayre - a national initiative aimed at young people whereby they are given a free local platform to showcase their creative talents, at the Glass Cone, Stourbridge!
Santa and Mrs Claus were also in attendance and joined the choir at the end of the set singing and dancing to 'Merry Christmas Every One' and 'Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.'
The Choir, comprising 9-16 year olds, also sang 'Fight Song,' 'A Thousand Years from Twilight,' 'Stitches' by Shawn Mendes and 'Lost Boy' by Ruth B.
They also used the opportunity to raise more money for Children In Need, which boosted their grand fundraising total to £186.11 for the charity.
Sunday 20th November 2016
Singing Workshop raises £405 for Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir
As part of their UK tour, The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir stopped off in Bewdley to join Got 2 Sing for a 3-hour afternoon workshop and raised £405 for their charity - Pearl of Africa Child Care, in the process.
Beth Dunn, founder and director of local Got 2 Sing choirs, hosted the event at Bewdley School & Sixth Form Centre on Sunday 20th November. Some 40 Got 2 Sing members, plus families and friends attended the workshop, and were taught the uplifting song ‘Tuyinuwe’ in Swahili by the children’s choir.
Beth commented, ‘We had an absolutely amazing afternoon with the children’s choir – their energy was astounding! And who would have thought we would all be singing in Swahili by the end of the afternoon! It was an absolute pleasure to join them for this wonderful workshop and they were equally delighted with the £400 we raised for their charity in the process!’
Monday 31st October 2016
Worcestershire Haven Patients Invited to ‘Sing Themselves Happy’
Singing isn’t necessarily the first topic that springs to mind when we’re seeking to live healthier and happier lives, but joining a choir may well prove as beneficial as any fitness regime - but a whole lot more fun!
Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven decided to put it to the test during national Breast Cancer Awareness month! They invited local choir ‘Got 2 Sing’ along to demonstrate to patients, past and present, some warm up techniques and basic vocal harmonies.
Lexi Craigie, Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven’s fundraising manager, said: “We’ve heard a number of stories from patients explaining how singing and becoming part of a choir has really helped them on their road to recovery and we thought it would be a good opportunity to let others see if it could help them too.”
So what are the health benefits are associated with singing? Singing is an exhilarating activity; a creative experience which can improve mood by producing a hormonal high. Concentrations of Oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’, known for its multiple positive psychological effects influencing social behaviour and emotion) increase significantly when we sing. Oxytocin has been proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety, increase trust, improve relaxation, and even increase romantic attachment (!)
Other perceived benefits of singing include reduction of negative feelings, such as despair, depression and loneliness; and improvement to physical health for those with longstanding difficulties. In particular, the deep controlled breathing associated with singing has been described to counteract stress and give a sense of fitness.
Lastly, singing in a choir is an intrinsically social activity, involving processes of co-operation and co-ordination. The social support and friendly relationships made through choir promote a sense of wider ‘community’, social inclusion and belonging. Happiness indeed!
One patient, Kate Butler, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32 and is a member of Got2Sing choir said: “Being in a choir has enabled me to forget my ‘cancer cloud’ once a week as I’m learning a new skill, meeting new friends, and learning how to sing.”
The evening which had people up on their feet and singing in 3-part harmonies had a happy ending too when the choir presented £1100 to the charity from their ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ fundraising efforts. Got 2 Sing will also be supporting the charity at its 2017 Symphony Hall Concert to help further with their fundraising efforts.