Sing out Strong provides regular choirs, drop-in social-singing sessions, and popup choirs at events, to help the public access singing-based activities. In 2020, new Sing out Strong choirs will be launching in Hereford and the Forest of Dean, as well as across the Borders and South Wales.
As well as raising awareness of mental health and singing together for fun and friendship, the choirs will come together in a June for a spectacular fundraising gala in aid of Herefordshire Mind.
Founder of Sing out Strong, Emma Rowland, is a professional Choral Conductor. “I’ve been conducting choirs for 18 years and I also have anxiety and depression. When I was diagnosed in 2018, it was my music that kept me going and helped me focus and move forward.
'I set up Sing out Strong so that others can enhance their wellbeing through singing. There’s so much research on how singing is good for you and I know, from personal experience, how the socialising and group exercises can make you smile - even when you think you may never smile again”.
Sing out Strong is not just for people living with a mental health problem; everyone is welcome to join the choirs, drop-ins and popups, to practice self-care and improve their wellbeing through singing.