CDARS has received funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to deliver a music choir for ex-military veterans and civilians.
The sessions are run from the Sunshine Recovery Cafe based in Wimbledon Chase. The choir is designed and managed by a Music Therapist to allow participants who are new to music to acquire skills, these include:
- Developing awareness of physical regulation including breathing and encouraging relaxation techniques to focus on the singing work
- Developing posture and stamina. Singing is a physical exercise which encourages an engaged and dynamic attitude.
These skills are encouraged and developed throughout the session but are most closely worked on in warm up and warm down.
- Developing social skills. Choir music happens in a social setting. Choir members acquire new skills in partnership working, recognising individual contribution to a group exercise, leadership and team working.
- Developing a resilience about presentation and performance.
This is a performing choir and the choir works on preparing for performance and managing the challenges this presents in every rehearsal.
- Developing an ability to read music
- Developing a literacy about musical terminology and presentation.
There is no expectation of musical ability needed to join this choir. However, participants get the chance to develop their musical skills.