Research by the Voices Now festival, to be launched on Friday, reveals an unheralded boom in choir singing as one of the nation’s most popular pursuits.
Based on data gathered from 3,200 choirs, Voices Now estimates that there are no fewer than 40,000 choirs across the country, involving 2.14 million singers.
The numbers are continuing to grow and they do so almost without public subsidy, a mere £500,00 a year.
photo (c) Robert Garbolinski
Choral singing is proven to be beneficial for health, wealth and relationships (unless you have straying eyes for an alto). It is also immense fun.
Try this if you’re free tomorrow night: Bernstein, Kodaly and Allbright from the excellent chamber choir Canticum at St Giles, Cripplegate.