Ken Ebbens, Carers Council chairman, talks about the singing group for people affected by cancer
Fine Voice Academy (FV) originally formed the group in April 2012 in partnership with a local cancer charity but now supports this group independently.
From this singing for health group, Quay of Sea Voices choir was formed and has been a busy part of FV, taking part in many concerts and shows for charity.
Over the last year they have helped FV and its members raise thousands of pounds for charities (cancer and other worthy causes), many of which benefit the local community.
What does QoSV offer?
Friendship, understanding, a place to share experiences that those not touched by cancer will never comprehend but also a different focus, something positive to set your mind to when faced with one of life’s greatest battles. Some of the wonderful people involved will tell you that the Friday singing is a great oasis and ‘me time’. We also laugh, socialise and act like any other vibrant social club.
As for performing, QoSV have just sung at Children in Need at Kings Theatre, recorded a track for a CD to be released shortly by the D-Day Museum and have appeared on BBC1 singing at the Spinnaker Christmas event – wonderful memories, wonderful opportunities.
Would you like to join QoSV? Can sing, can’t sing? Either way not a problem, look at me! No experience necessary, it is all about singing and having fun, joining in and having a blast! Scientific studies prove taking part in music can actually contribute to the healing process.
Among many other things, singing can increase lung capacity, breath control and increase oxygen intake by improving respiration. All ages and (lack of) abilities welcome.
Take Barry, 74 and proud of it, singing on stage for the first time ever since the choir started, always smiling, always so excited, like a child locked in a sweetshop for a weekend. He is such an inspiration and says everything as to why this is such a pleasurable group to be part of.
Come join us every Friday from 7pm-9pm during term-time at Portsmouth Watersports Centre, Eastern Road, Portsmouth PO3 5LY.
The singing group is free for cancer patients, those in remission, carers and professionals helping those affected.
For more information please contact Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone (023) 9216 0300 or email Ken Ebbens at email@example.com.