According to Google if you join a choir this will make you happy. But is that true – or is there in fact more to it?
I could write a blog post which was entitled Top 10 reasons to join a choir. Or maybe the top 5. Perhaps it could be a post about why joining a choir is good for you, both mentally and physically. But the thing is, that’s been done before. A quick potter around the internet will soon find plenty of articles that expound the virtues of singing and taking part in a choir.
Drinking free coffee
So instead I’m going to start with a cup of coffee. I was very pleased last week to discover that Costa were giving away free drinks from all their coffee machines. Just after 12.30pm when the promotion was underway I had to drive into Bath for a rehearsal. En route I stopped at the local Shell garage which had one of the aforementioned coffee machines. I prodded the screen – lo and behold all drinks were priced at £0.00. Determined to get value for my no pence and no pounds, I prodded the screen to add as many extras to a large coffee as was possible. Moments later I had a steaming hot gingerbread latte which accompanied me on my trip to Bath.
The next day I visited another costa machine, this time on my way to run a choir rehearsal. Scanning my phone to take advantage of the points which are issued, I was even more pleased to discover that apparently my free coffee had given me 100 extra points. It’s entirely uncertain what these points might do for me, but nevertheless they must be worth something! Coffee, it has to be said, makes me happy, or at least gives me a boost when it’s been a long day. I’m well aware that I probably drink too much coffee and probably invest too much in Costa – other purveyors of not particularly nice coffee are also available.
What has coffee got to do with choirs?
Ultimately nothing. However, choirs are ultimately sociable organisations. Whilst the singing should always be the main priority, a lot of choirs do a lot of socialising as well, around their singing engagements and rehearsals. I run 3 choirs. One provides me with tea and biscuits at every rehearsal, one often resorts to bottles of wine at the end (or sometimes during) rehearsals and one often retreats to the local pub after rehearsals for beer and chips!
Luckily this is all very pleasing. All my choirs are extremely sociable although all in their own unique way. This is also pleasing because it saves me having a favourite choir! And if any of my choir members are reading this, I genuinely do not have a favorite – you are all lovely! Yes, even the men! 😊
Singing in a choir has the potential to make you happy. But actually it’s more important to join a choir because you want to. The best choirs are those filled with people who want to be there and want to sing the type of repertoire their particular choir focuses on.
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