Voices Now wants to give choirs a voice. We drive the movement that encourages and enables all people regardless of background and previous experience to sing and enjoy listening to choirs. Through our Festivals at the Roundhouse, we have successfully created collaborations with choirs from different backgrounds and got them working with professional artists in different fields.
Voices Now puts choirs at the forefront of its work and are perfectly positioned to host a place where choirs can promote themselves, and potential singers can go to find choirs.
What’s the project?
Voices Now believes that previous research into UK choirs has not been sufficient and we think current estimates of membership are too low.
So with support from the SHM Foundation, Voices Now is launching a survey to find out how many choirs there are in the UK. The results will be made publicly available on an online map so that choirs become more visible and people can see what is available in their local area.
Choir singing has measurable benefits for physical, mental and community wellbeing. We think that there are many millions of people singing in choirs every week in the UK. Hence, choirs are making a large contribution to national wellbeing and thus cutting costs in the health sector.
However, choir-singing is fragmented. Choirs from different backgrounds and musical genres have their own central membership bodies, whether they are Barbershop groups, Gospel choirs, or choral societies. Though there are many representative bodies, thousands are working on their own such that there nobody knows what sort of choirs, where they are or even how many there are.
We will publish the results of where all the choirs are on an online map and publish a report to go along side this to make the case for why choir singing is so important in the UK.
Do you sing in a choir? Do you know anyone who does? If so – please fill in our survey and pass it to anyone else you know so we can put an accurate figure on how many people really sing in choirs up and down the country.
The personal data you provide Voices Now in this survey will be stored securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and will only be used for the purposes of administering and following up on the survey.