London Contemporary Voices: Reviving the Joy of Singing in a Gang

The London Contemporary Voices (LCV) is a non-traditional choir based in London. I have been thoroughly enjoying a few videos of theirs, especially from the Mahogany Sessions I have come across of late. It seems they are getting a lot of gigs with some quite big names, working with artists such as Imogen Heap, Amber Run, Nitin Sawhney, Alt-J, and Basement Jaxx, and cover some beautiful choral versions of contemporary artists such as Björk, Bat for Lashes, and Bon Iver.

So group singing is definitely making some kind of comeback.

LCV Choir Singing a Bon Iver cover 'The Wolves.' (Image via LCVChoir Screenshot/YouTube)

LCV Choir singing a Bon Iver cover ‘The Wolves.’ (Image: LCVChoir via Screenshot/YouTube)

It’s made me remember that it’s actually all kinds of great to sing in a gang. Although the last time I can recall singing in a group was at a Japanese Karaoke bar, but nonetheless, it felt great.

Group singing can synchronize hearts to beat together, and can help heal strokes and depression. Animals such as wolves sing/howl together, and never on the same note — they harmonize to give the impression there is more of them.

London Contemporary Choir. Group singing can help people feel happier and connected. Reducing feelings of depression and loneliness. (Image via LCVChoir Screenshot/YouTube)

London Contemporary Choir. Group singing can help people feel happier and connected, reducing feelings of depression and loneliness. (Image: LCVChoir via Screenshot/YouTube)

I remember reading an article from Science Daily about the benefits of group singing where it helped a couple where one of the partners was suffering from dementia. They both decided to take up singing in a group, and it turned out to be an activity they could partake in that made them feel like equals and increased their sense of togetherness.

According to Science Daily:

Here are a list of the positives taken from How to Improve Singing

Physical benefits from group singing:

  1. Releases endorphins (feel-good hormones).
  2. Boosts immunity.
  3. Lowers blood pressure.
  4. Improves breathing.
  5. Improves overall health and wellbeing.

Psychological benefits from group singing:

  1. Lowers anxiety and stress.
  2. Promotes social bonding.
  3. Improves happiness.
  4. Improves cognition.
  5. Leads to a longer life.

And not to mention singing is good for children’s improvement to their memory, learning, thinking, reading, and math.

Plus, the elderly benefit from improved memory, mood, health, social bonding, and quality of life.

Plenty of reasons to join a local gang of folk that sing. It does seem though that the acoustics are better in bigger spaces opposed to Japanese Karaoke bars. However, the bathroom is a pretty good substitute.

To book, join, or see a live gig, visit the London Contemporary Voices website.

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