Singing out can make you feel a lot better

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Plenty of us enjoy belting out a tune or two in the shower.

Even more of us hum along to the radio.

Now a Portsmouth singing group says expressing yourself vocally can actually be good for your health.

The all-female Spinnaker Chorus come from all ages and backgrounds.

They sing together in acapella style and will be holding a free singing course in September for anyone who wants to try it for themselves.

Musical director, Jenny Savory, says: ‘Singing together once a week gives us a sense of belonging in the community. It’s something creative to strive for outside of the workplace and home life.

‘Parents should be encouraging their children, teenagers and youths to pursue a musical hobby and singing is a great avenue as there are no expensive instruments to buy.

‘It can really help develop social confidence, discipline and overcome shyness too.

‘We find that having that common goal promotes teamwork, friendship, sisterhood and a sense of achievement.’

A recent study found that depressed patients who had music therapy, as well as standard counselling and medication, showed a greater reduction in anxiety and depression than those who didn’t.

And In March this year, researchers at Japan’s Osaka University also found music could lower people’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as blood pressure.

In addition, various other studies have found music can help improve the mobility of stroke patients.

To find out more about the group – and the singing course – check out their page on Facebook. You can also call (023) 9232 6333 or visit

All women are welcome and under 15s must be accompanied by an adult.