Countless studies have shown that music-making exercises the brain, as well as the body, but singing is particularly beneficial for improving breathing, posture, muscle tension and mood.
Group singing, such as in a choir, has even more benefits for person’s emotional well-being by promoting social bonding – there is no better way to break-the ice! Many people in West Cork have already discovered the joys of choral singing and are travelling to the city to participate in choral events. However, two West Cork based choir leaders, Caz Jeffreys and Jane Goss, are determined to provide the same opportunities more locally.
Caz began setting up and running community choirs in West Cork in 2000. Between 2015 and 2017 Caz and Jane teamed up to bring the West Cork BIG SING! – Singing for Community Wellbeing project, bringing individuals and groups together throughout West Cork to celebrate the joys and benefits of singing as a community. Now in 2018 they are organising two fantastic workshop days this autumn, for which you’ll find details below.
Release your inner Freddie
On Saturday October 13, Caz and Jane will hold their Bohemian Rhapsody Experience in Cox’s Hall, Dunmanway. This workshop is a fun and upbeat event that is aimed at anyone and everyone…not necessarily only those who consider themselves singers!
From teenagers to OAPs, there are no limits on who can attend to learn those fantastic Queen harmonies and nail the arrangement in a grand finale with full backing tracks. Tickets are just €15 for this afternoon event, 2-5pm. For bookings contact Caz at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact Jane on 085 1665936.
The more experienced singer will enjoy a celebratory day of singing, for choirs and individual singers, at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery on Saturday November 10 from 10.30am – 4.30 pm. This event is co-facilitated by Caz and Jane, in partnership with the Association of Irish Choirs.
The programme for the day will include a morning workshop led by Craig Lees – a dynamic, young facilitator from the UK. Craig’s skill and personality charmed all at this year’s Gospel Rising Festival. Craig teaches Contemporary Choir technique through his programme ‘Living Vocally’. You can find out more about his work at www.livingvocally.com
After lunch participants will come together to learn more songs before there is the opportunity for groups to perform a couple of songs for each other in a supportive and non-competitive atmosphere. Please note that there is no pressure for a group to perform if they don’t wish to, if the choir leader is not available or if too few members are attending.
Tickets for the day cost €35 per person and includes a buffet lunch.
A small amount of tickets have been set-aside for individuals; you are advised to book tickets as soon as possible as places are limited. For group bookings please nominate a representative to get in touch for information regarding your booking (booking is secured upon receipt of payment). For bookings contact Caz at email@example.com. For more information contact Jane on 085 1665936.