Want to know a bit more about our Sing with Us choirs? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for everything you need to know. If your question isn’t answered below, contact us and we’ll happily try to help!
What is Sing with Us?
Sing with Us is a unique network of community choirs for people affected by cancer.
Singing is incredibly important to Tenovus Cancer Care. It unites people, improves wellbeing and makes you happier. Our Sing with Us choirs are fun, uplifting and friendly, and are open to anyone affected by cancer. We have choirs all across Wales and some in England too, meeting weekly for support, friendship and music!
Who can join a Sing with Us choir?
Anyone affected by cancer can join a Sing with Us choir, so if you’ve ever had a diagnosis of cancer or cared for someone who has, or if you have lost a loved one, then our choirs may be just the thing for you.
How do I join a choir?
Your local Choir Leader will then get in touch by email or phone, whichever you prefer, to have a chat to you about the choir and let you know how it all works. We’ll then invite you to join us at one of our monthly taster sessions, so you can have a go and see for yourself what it’s like to be in a Sing with Us choir.
Why did Tenovus Cancer Care decide to set up choirs?
Our first ever choir was actually our staff choir, which was set up as a team building activity; we all loved it and we thought it would be a great thing to do for cancer patients and their families. We were also particularly interested in the beneficial effects we believed singing might have on patients, so we set up our first choir for patients and carers as a research study to measure the benefits of singing. The results of that study were so positive that in 2011 we applied for Lottery funding to set up more choirs, and the rest is history.
How many choirs do you currently have?
We currently have 16 choirs in Wales, in Abergavenny, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Barry, Bridgend, Cardiff North and South, Carmarthen, Cwmbran, Llandudno, Llanelli, Llanidloes, Merthyr, Pontypridd, Swansea, Wrexham.
Do I have to pay to join a Sing with Us choir?
The Sing with Us choirs are free to join, but rely entirely on donations. We really want to make sure we can keep this important service running, so any donations or fundraising members are able to help with is hugely appreciated.
Fundraising is actually a really fun part of being a Sing with Us choir. We fundraise at gigs, and members organise their own events like coffee mornings, bake sales and dinners. Sometimes they even take on challenges like runs or treks. If you’re interested in how you can help fundraise to keep your choir running, have a chat to your Choir Leader.
What happens at my first rehearsal?
Our lovely welcome desk volunteers will meet you on arrival and get you registered. Your Choir Leader will also say hello and find you somewhere to sit that’s comfortable for you. We’ll give you a lyric sheet to follow (we don’t use musical scores) and the Choir Leader will teach all the music by ear at a pace that suits everyone.
How do we know that singing in a choir is good for you?
It’s important to us that all our services, including Sing with Us, provide proven support to people affected by cancer. Since 2010 we’ve completed a number of research studies with Cardiff University and the Royal College of Music to find out more about how singing can help people. The results have been incredible, indicating that on both a psychological and a physical level. Find out about our ‘More than Singing‘ research.
How often do I have to perform if I join a Sing with Us choir?
All the choirs are very popular and get asked to perform regularly in their local communities. We also organise our own concerts 2 or 3 times a year, so there is plenty of opportunity to perform if you wish to. Your Choir Leader will let you know about upcoming performances and you can choose to be involved in as many as you like; there is no pressure to perform if you do not want to. Concerts are always lots of fun though so we hope that you will join in often.
How is Sing with Us funded?
Between 2012 and 2015 the Sing with Us choirs in Wales were supported by a £1 million grant from The Big Lottery AdvantAGE fund. Now that funding has ended we rely on the generosity of our supporters, including individuals, communities and businesses, to keep our choirs going.
What evidence do you have that singing works to cure cancer?
Whilst we are not claiming that singing can cure cancer, our research has shown that singing in our choirs makes people feel happier, less isolated and can help reduce levels of anxiety and depression.
A diagnosis of cancer can create a range of practical and emotional issues and these choirs are just one way that we support cancer patients and their loved ones. You can find out more about our other services here.
How do I book Sing with Us to perform at my event?
Can my company sponsor a choir?
Yes! You could sponsor your local choir or several choirs in your region. Our choirs are made up entirely of people affected by cancer and have between 40 – 100 members. Speak to our Fundraising Team to find out more by calling 029 2076 8863.
Get in touch
If you want to find out more about our Sing with Us choirs or have further questions, simply call our free Support Line on 0808 808 1010.