Eastbourne Gilbert and Sullivan Society has announced a Big Lottery Fund grant which will enable the group to provide free singing workshops to complete beginners.
Throughout the year the society will hold blocks of workshops at different venues around the town endeavouring to serve residents near to where they live.
Although in blocks of five, and can be viewed as a course, every session is individual so there no need or expectation to attend them all.
The society says that no experience is necessary, and there is no expectation of any commitment.
Michael Bale, Eastbourne Gilbert and Sullivan Society chairman, said, “Even if you think you can’t sing. We just want you to try it.
“Our first group of workshops were held on Mondays in June/July at St Elisabeth’s Church, Victoria Drive, and have attracted between 20 and 30 people to each session.”
The next set of five sessions will be on Mondays from September 21 at Christ Church in Seaside. Further workshops will be arranged in November and January.
Michael says there are many health benefits to singing and he is asking locals to get involved with the free workshops.
He said, “Singing is proven to benefit physically, emotionally and socially.
“Research suggests that singing releases endorphins which can reduce pain sensation and boost mood.
“It can improve posture, breathing and circulation as well as facial muscle tone.
“Singing can Increase self-esteem and confidence, providing release from every day tensions.”
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society formed in 1968.
Michael said, “We have seen our members gain from the social and health benefits and this is an opportunity for us to show others how singing can bring pleasure and can be enjoyed on so many levels.”
The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK.
It is responsible for handing out 40 per cent of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest more than £650 million a year in projects big and small.
It focuses on projects, such as the Gilbert and Sullivan singing workshops, which promote health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Since June 2004 the National Lottery Fund has awarded more than £8 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need in all areas, from teaching little ones to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £33 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.
For more information or to book a course call Micheal on 07454003588 or Margot on 01323 460098.
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