Singer songwriter Lisa Redford is launching a series of uplifting community singing sessions in Norwich from tomorrow. Here, she explains why she wants to make a difference to those who are struggling with their mental health or loneliness at the moment
“The only thing better than singing is more singing”
I love this quote by “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald and couldn’t agree more with her sentiment. Did you know that singing is scientifically proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and release endorphins? Group singing also builds a sense of community and boosts your confidence and wellbeing.
Music and singing have always been there for me; during these past few tough months it has particularly provided a real release and escape from the difficult time we have all faced. During these past two years, many of us have struggled with feelings of isolation and loneliness, and as a performing songwriter and music tutor who thrives on the energy of an audience and enjoys the interaction with my students, I have found it really challenging. Despite continuing to find alternative ways to perform my music online and teach my music lessons since March 2020 – I teach singing, guitar, ukulele, and song writing – via Zoom, it was very strange not seeing others for a very long time. For me it has always been so rewarding to encourage and guide others, and there have been some great benefits to remote teaching, including expanding to teaching students in other countries. However, there is something special about the enjoyment of connecting and interacting with others in person.
From this month I’m really excited to be sharing my love of music and singing with others by running some new, free, and uplifting community group singing sessions at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, starting Tuesday February 22, from 2.30-3.30pm, and also at Earlham Library on Colman Road, at 11am-12 noon on the same day – and then every Tuesday for six weeks.
I’ve been wanting to do something positive and inspiring that reflected my passion for singing and could really make a difference to those who are struggling with their mental health or loneliness at the moment. During these uplifting and informal sessions, it is going to be really invigorating to have fun singing an array of classic, well known songs and to connect with others while boosting health, wellbeing and confidence through a shared singing experience.
No previous experience is required and there is no need to read music. The aim is purely to discover the joy of singing as part of a supportive community group with an emphasis on having fun and making you smile. All are welcome and people can just drop in on the day.
It’s free to attend, all you need is a love of singing. Join me to create some happy memories and improve your wellbeing in a relaxed and safe, welcoming space. I look forward to seeing people there and lifting their spirits to share the many amazing benefits of singing together.
For more information about the Community Singing sessions at the Millennium Library, visit here. For further information about the Community Singing sessions at Earlham Library, visit here. If you’d like to find out more about Lisa’s teaching and music, or would like to ask any questions about these sessions, please check out her website: www.lisaredford.com