Singing for Wellbeing

Whether you have vocal pipes fit for the Opera house, or would describe yourself as ‘musically challenged’, singing can do wonders for your wellbeing. Now that’s music to our ears…

Here are five ways singing can improve your physical, mental and social wellbeing:

Deep Breaths – Regulating your breathing is crucial to holding a note and making sure the sound is strong and confident. Taking deeper breaths and controlling your breathing helps calm the body and mind, increase blood circulation and concentration.

Getting together – Whether thats virtually or in a socially distanced class, getting together and singind in a choir is great fun! Studies have shown that singing for just 40 minutes in a group reduces stress and that people in the group bond much faster than other group activities.

Boost your mood – Finally getting a tricky bit of music right, putting a beautiful harmony together, or just belting out a favourite song triggers endorphins, creating a rush similar to the feeling after a good laugh, or a hug.

Confidence – Expressing youself and learning in a group does wonders for your confidence. Simply standing tall and becoming comfortable with your voice can be transformative.

Available always – You don’t have to sing professionally, it can even be in the shower first thing in the morning, but singing does wonders wherever you do it and it can be done ANYWHERE, dont let anything hold you back.

At Morley, we believe in the power of singing and think putting time aside to really feel the benefits is an experience like no other. We offer a range of courses and want to showcase the student work in our Morley Opera School to inspire you:

Jenny Hunt ‘Du bist der Lenz’ by Wagner
Jessica Wise ‘Quando m’en vo’ by Puccini
Joanne Whalley ‘Je veux vivre’ by Gounod
Owain Evans ‘Lieben Hassen’ by Strauss

Morley Opera School – The highly-successful Morley Opera School course is designed for singers who possess a secure classical technique wishing to develop and combine stagecraft and performance with existing musical skills, in order to develop their professional repertoire portfolio. Many of our students are offered places for postgraduate degrees at major music colleges and conservatoires in the UK and abroad, or roles with professional and amateur opera companies.

This term, the Opera School will be running mainly in-centre, and offering the students a rich combination of vocal, language and stagecraft coaching sessions and rehearsals that will enable them to develop a variety of skills required for the operatic profession.

Repertoire will be a mixture of solo arias and ensemble scenes, and there will be public performance opportunities with either live audience, or video-recorded and streamed live. The stage director this term will be John Ramster, Associate Head of Vocal Studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD).