Latest News from the Got 2 Sing show choir
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.
Monday 24th October 2016
Got 2 Sing Pinks It Up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Pink was the colour and singing was the game last week at choir rehearsals!
Got 2 Sing’s 9 adult choirs raised just over £1100 – amazing! Proceeds will go to the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven which opened in February 2016 at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The Unit provides a comprehensive service under one roof, with state-of-the-art equipment, including new digital mammogram and ultrasound machines. Its aim is to be one of the best breast units in the UK, providing clinical services, assistance and complementary therapies over and above what the NHS can offer.As part of October’s national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Got 2 Sing held ‘Pink it Up’ evenings where members donned anything pink – from wigs to tutus, even the men – in return for a donation.
Choir leader and founder Beth Dunn, commented, “Breast cancer awareness means a great deal to us at Got 2 Sing. We have heard many personal stories from members about their experience of breast cancer and how joining a choir / singing has brightened up many a dark day and certainly lifted their spirits. So it was important that we honoured national Breast Cancer Awareness Month in whatever way we could.”
As part of the campaign some choir members chose to share their stories of their experiences of breast cancer which were published on social media in the hope that they may help others - including their families and carers - feel they are not alone.
The fundraising for the breast cancer charity will continue long after October too as Got 2 Sing have chosen to support Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven at their 2017 Symphony Hall Concert.
It’s fair to say Got 2 Sing leaves October well and truly in the pink and Worcestershire’s Breast Unit Haven £1000 better off!
See more of our great pictures here - http://www.got2sing.co.uk/gallery.htm.
Saturday 1st October 2016
Got 2 Sing - supporting October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are delighted to be able to kick start our campaign with the news that we will be supporting the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven at our 2017 Symphony Hall Concert!
The charity is relatively new and was set up after the Haven – situated on the Worcestershire Royal Hospital site - opened in February 2016.
The Unit provides a comprehensive service under one roof, with state-of-the-art equipment, including new digital mammogram and ultrasound machines. Its aim is to be one of the best breast units in the UK, providing clinical services, assistance and complementary therapies over and above what the NHS can offer so we will be supporting this charity throughout this month and of course at the Symphony Hall!
Everybody Knows Somebody … we have heard many personal stories from our members of their experience of breast cancer and how joining a choir / singing has brightened up many a dark day. Some of them have agreed to share their story and so, throughout October, we will be publishing those in the hope that they may help others - including their families and carers - feel they are not alone.
Pinking it Up! We will also be doing a little bit of fundraising too…how could we go through October without having an excuse to ‘Pink it Up’! Week commencing 17th October we’re asking everyone to turn up for choir completely in the pink…and yes, that includes the men too!!
Every penny we raise will go towards helping someone facing breast cancer, so let’s make October well and truly pink!!
Friday 30th September 2016
Singers Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
If you happened to be in Stourbridge town centre on Friday 30th September then you may have heard the joyful sounds of local Stourbridge based choir ‘Got 2 Sing.’
Some 40 choir members will sang to help raise awareness for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning organised by MacMillan Cancer Support. The choir members 'toured' coffee shops around the town to help promote the event and promised a song in exchange for a donation to the charity!
Beth Dunn, Director and founder of Got 2 Sing, commented, ‘The Coffee Morning is a fantastic initiative by MacMillan and a fun way to raise funds. We wanted to draw as much attention for it as we could by doing what we do best – singing! We also held cake sales across all of our choir too to boost funds even further and raised just over £1500 in the process!"
Photo: Stourbridge Got 2 Sing Choir Leader Beth Dunn with Youth Choir Members Aimee Woodcock, Stephanie Dipple, Charlotte Baker, Natasha Smith and Hannah Davies preparing for the World Biggest Coffee morning…and testing the cakes!
See more photos in the Gallery Section