Now, hitting the high notes can, apparently, be good for your health. Just ask members of a choir in Sussex and they'll gladly confirm that's the case. Brighton goes Gospel has gone from strength to strength since it was set up sixteen years ago and now has 130 singers from all walks of life. They've been rehearsing for two concerts, which take place tomorrow. Tom Savvides joined them for a practice session.
Brighton Goes Gospel choir has been rehearsing for two major concerts in the city at the weekend.
The group, which has 130 members, has gone from strength to strength since it was set up sixteen years ago.
The choir will perform 'FEELIN' GOOD' in matinée and evening concerts tomorrow at Roedean School in Brighton.
Members say 'feel-good factor' is one of the many reasons membership continues to grow - they point to a recent study by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music, which has shown that singing in a choir for just one hour boosts levels of immune proteins, reduces stress and improves mood.
Some are experienced singers, others have never sung before but they are all coming together on Saturday to put on a spectacular show. More than a hundred and twenty members of Brighton's Gospel Choir will take part in a summer concert at the Clarendon Centre and a special guest will also be performing. Tom Savvides caught up with the choir during rehearsals.
More than a hundred and twenty members of Brighton's Gospel Choir will take part in a summer concert at the Clarendon Centre on Saturday. We caught up with the choir members in rehearshals.
Gospel singers from the region have created a new world record by staging the highest ever carol concert thousands of feet in the air. It was on a plane from Gatwick to Geneva and was rsising money for the charity Unicef. Mike Pearse watched the fun.
A choir with members from all over the south have just broken a world record for holding a carol concert 39,000 feet in the air.
It is the highest altitude carol concert ever and has been certified by the Guinness Book of Records.
Members of the ACM Gospel Choir broke the record on an Easyjet flight from Gatwick to Geneva a short time ago.
Twelve members of the choir encouraged the entire plane of passengers to join in the fun and help set the record.
A rehearsal has taken place of the first girls' choir at Canterbury Cathedral after more than thousand years of male-dominated singing.
Sixteen local girls aged between 12 and 16 were selected for the Canterbury Cathedral Girls' Choir, the first to be assembled under the name of the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
They met, rehearsed and tried on cathedral cassocks for the first time yesterday ahead of their public debut at Evensong on January 25
Being a chorister at the cathedral has historically been an exclusively male preserve but leaders have said introducing a girls' choir would be an "exciting addition"
The girls' first service later this month will include music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Dyson and Samuel Sebastian Wesley.
The cathedral has a long tradition of choral music and some notable musicians have distinguished themselves there over the years, including Harry Christophers, Trevor Pinnock and Sir Mark Elder.
Senior figures at the cathedral said the girls' choir would add to the cathedral's historic choral tradition but exist as a separate entity to the boys.
The girls will initially sing at services when the boy choristers, who are boarders at St Edmund's School, are on their twice-termly breaks.
Auditions have been held today for the first ever girls choir at Canterbury Cathedral.
For 900years, it has only been boys singing under the Cathedral name.
Around 20 girls, aged between 12 and 16 are being picked from local secondary schools to perform in the Canterbury Cathedral Girls' VoluntaryChoir.
It is hoped that the choir will start by the end of the year.
Being part of the Cathedrals choir has been exclusive to males only, but leaders say introducing a girls choir will be an "exciting addition" to its musical achievements.
The girls will initially sing at services when the boy choristers are on their twice-termly breaks.
For almost a thousand years, a boys' choir has sung at Canterbury Cathedral. But now they are to break with tradition with the introduction of a girls choir. Sarah Saunders spoke to Master of the choristers, David Flood.
After more than 900 years of male singing, a girls' choir is to finally be introduced at Canterbury Cathedral.
About 20 girls from 12-16-years-old will be chosen from local secondary schools to form the Canterbury Cathedral Girls Voluntary Choir.
It is hoped the choir will be formed by the end of the year, with the first audition taking place on November 23rd at the cathedral.
The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Rev Dr Robert Willis said, "A girls' choir will provide a further dimension to the cathedral's worship and be an exciting addition to the cathedrals long history of musical achievement."