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September 7, 2007

Singing is great for the sex life, says director

Wigan Observer (UK):

Neil Shepherd

Join one of Wigan's top choirs today and it could improve your love life! That was the message from Standish Parish Church's musical director who has taken recruitment in a slightly saucier new direction. St Wilfrid's choir is beginning the new term and is looking for additional adult and teenage singers.

The 800-year-old church has a long tradition of music-making going back centuries. Prospective choristers should have a reasonable voice and be willing to commit themselves to a Thursday evening choir practice and at least one of two Sunday services. But as an extra incentive Neil Shepherd is also referring hopefuls to scientific research which suggests that choral singing can not only improve your health but also your love life.

He quotes the findings from the University of Ontario: "Singing increases blood levels of the 'love hormone' oxytocin, which is released during intimacy. "Singing also increases immunity, reduces depression, improves cognitive function and mood, and increases feelings of wellbeing.

"It can also stop the voice from aging. Work at Sydney University shows singing helps people cope with chronic pain better, while a University of Frankfurt team found choral singing lowers stress levels and boosts the immune system.

"A survey of singers by Canterbury Christ Church University shows they had improved lung function and breathing, and a better mood." Singing certainly helped to make former choirgirl Charlotte Church one of Britain's sexiest stars.

And Neil said: "I would like to hear from singers of all ages, from teenagers upwards. Members of the choir come from all walks of life and there is a certain room for flexibility – we don't turn away singers who may not be able to make a 100% commitment due to professional or family commitments."

"The choir is a warm, friendly bunch of people who enjoy singing some wonderful music in a wonderful building – there's no need to be a budding Domingo or Te Kanawa, but it does help if you have basic music reading skills, have a good sense of humour and are willing to work as part of a team."

Going by his photo I'm sure My Shepherd has lots of experience in this regard..

Posted by acapnews at September 7, 2007 1:55 AM

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