Singing in a choir has always been well known for its health benefits, boosting mental health and wellbeing, improving social connections through feeling part of a community, reducing stress and releasing endorphins through the physical process of singing.
This winter we are running our Christmas Campaign Love Christmas Help Musicians to raise money for musicians this Christmas. As an indicator of how your donations can help a musician; £20 could help a music student with essentials like reeds or strings, £50 could provide a physiotherapy session for a musician recovering from an injury, £100 could pay for a visit to an older musician in their home.
If you want to know more about how our charity is a lifeline to musicians please read this blog from Gail Thompson a musician we supported, that explains her struggles with being diagnosed with MS and how we were able to assist through difficult times.
Following the success of our carolling last year and to get into the spirit of Christmas, HMUK have formed their Christmas choir and are teaming up with professional musicians they have supported to get together and perform carols in and around Kings Cross and under the tree in Trafalgar Square. It’s a fun opportunity to be able to catch up with musicians we have supported and encourage staff at the charity (many of whom are also musicians or sing in choirs) to join in to and go out and fundraise for Help Musicians UK.
To spread the festive spirit we have also been encouraging choirs across the country to fundraise for us at their Christmas concerts or to put on a Christmas concert in aid of us. The talented Chiswick Choir performed and recorded a superb version of The 12 Days of Christmas as part of our campaign which you can watch here.
If you are in a choir and would like to join in our campaign please get in touch and let us know how you would like to support us. There's lots of ways to get involved with our Love Christmas Help Musicians campaign, with all proceeds going to musicians this season. For any further information please email [email protected].
You can catch us performing on the following dates:
• Trafalgar Square: Monday 12 December 2016, 17:00 – 18:00
• Kings Cross St Pancras 14 December 13:00-14:00
• Waitrose Wine Bar, Granary Square Thursday 15 Dec 13:00-14:00