09:37 November 1, 2022
As choral singing sessions return to North Norfolk, a member reminds people of the social and mental health benefits of joining.
Bob Cumber, 76, from Sheringham, has been a member of the Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society for over 20 years and believes there are many benefits to singing in choirs.
Mr Cumber said: “Most of the members of our group come for their love of singing and choral music, but there are huge health issues involved in being part of the group.
“Singing is well recognized as having huge mental health aspects as you can release stress and bad feelings, singing in a group also has inclusive social benefits.
“People with dementia, although they lose their memories, don’t tend to lose their voices, so it’s very positive for them to get out of the house and feel special again.”
The 2022-23 season of the Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society kicks off at St Peter’s Parish Church, Sheringham on Saturday 12 November at 7pm.
The group’s return to harmonious singing begins with interpretations of Italian composer Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
The soloists will be Rebecca Kaznowski a soprano, Maria Willis a mezzo-soprano, James Beddoe a tenor, and Alex Bower-Brown on bass.
Mr Cumber added: “We are very fortunate to have four young professional singers joining us.
“The show will be conducted by David Ballard and accompanied by Philip Adams on organ and William Falconer on piano.
“Despite its title, this work is neither ‘small’ because the performance is not at all small, in fact it lasts about an hour and a half, almost an opera.
“It’s also not ‘solemn’ because it’s actually a very energetic performance, which also contains a lot of powerful solo vocals.”
The choir plans to mark its emerald anniversary in April 2023 with a concert celebrating the changes in choral music over the past 90 years.
“We are thrilled and so proud that our choir’s history stretches back 90 years, it’s an extraordinary length of time and plans are in place for the celebration next spring,” Mr Cumber said.
Tickets are £14 in advance, £16 at the door and under 18s are free.
All tickets purchased at the Sheringham Little Theater box office.