Music Choir for Ex-Military Veterans and Civilians

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:

Physical

- 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. 

Social 

- 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. 

Musical 

- 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.