“Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday life” ~ 19th century German poet, Berthold Auerbach
We LOVE to sing! Anytime, anywhere. Singing exercises our lungs, toning up our intercostal muscles and diaphragm. It’s also a workout for our facial muscles and tongue, and it is aerobic, so it helps the heart and circulatory system. It not only changes us physically, but it is emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically healing as well. As this article suggests, singing gives you a “molecular massage”, shaking, vibrating, and resonating to your very core, promoting detoxification at a sub-molecular level!
We currently have two relatively new singing ventures on the go:
We are a women’s song circle that meets twice monthly with the intention of creating safe and sacred space for women to explore and nourish their spirits through song and chant. No musical experience is necessary. We sing because we love to, to connect with ourselves, each other, and the world around us.
The circle is fluid and flexible. There’s no sheet music as these simple songs and chants are easily learned via the oral tradition and are accessible to anyone. There may be anywhere from 3-30 women on any particular evening singing songs that feed the soul – come join us as you can!
Who: Women and girls aged 8 years old and older (and babes in arms are always welcome.)
When & Where: First & third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30-8pm, at the United Heritage Church in Sydney, NS.
***Please note: The Women’s Singing Circle is SCENT FREE. Please refrain from using any scents when coming to sing.
The Cape Breton Comfort Choir
We are a volunteer choir who wish to offer comfort and peace through song to those at the end of life. Singing for those at the end of life can be a heart-opening gift, help to ease fears, and bring peace to the dying person, family members and caregivers, as well as to those who are singing. As we begin this venture, we are singing for patients and families in the An Cala Palliative Care Unit, at the CBRM hospital. Eventually, we hope to be available to sing to the seriously ill or dying – in their homes, in hospitals, or in nursing homes. Most visits will include 3 to 4 singers who will sing for about 20 minutes. We sing for those who are awake and snapping their fingers as well as those who are traveling their last few hours in silence and stillness.
We welcome new members! Singers don’t necessarily need to be able to read music (some of us learn by ear and others by reading), but should be able to learn new music without too much difficulty, to sing a cappella, and to carry their part in a small group. Listening well and singing with balance and sensitivity are important. We rehearse in Big Bras d’Or, the 1st & 3rd Monday evenings of the month, at 6:30 pm. (Please note that as we are singing as hospital volunteers, joining the choir involves requisite volunteer trainings and paperwork.)
For more information about the CB Comfort Choir, contact Nicky Duenkel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-674-0020.
If you’d like the Cape Breton Comfort Choir to visit your loved one in their hospital room, please contact Jill Murphy at 902-567-8048 (Music Therapist for Palliative Care).