for the Singing Brain
Zoom Session: Mondays 10.45am-12.15pm
(singing from 11.00-12.00)
Please contact me for the Zoom link.
The hippocampus is the part of the brain that is associated primarily with memory; I love the fact that the word comes from the Greek words, hippos, meaning horse, and kampos, meaning monster. Apparently it got its name because that part of the brain looks a bit like a seahorse.
The Hippocampus Chorus is not a choir, it is a programme of person-centred singing sessions, designed to be cognitively challenging and stimulating. The sessions are dementia-friendly but you do not have to be living with dementia for them to be enjoyable and beneficial.
Basically, singing is good for you. Any sort of singing. But in this group you will be pushed a little more to exercise those little grey cells – a sort of brain health-check if you like. There will be times when you will be encouraged to simply sing along to songs that may be familiar, but you will also be learning new songs, singing in rounds, doing actions as well as singing – and it won’t matter if you get it wrong, that’s half the fun!
It also doesn’t matter if you believe that you can’t sing; apart from the fact that in the world of Zoom no-one will hear you anyway, being a great singer is not the point.
These sessions would normally take place as a face-to-face group, but until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so, we will continue on Zoom. We have, however found ways ways of embracing the technology and in some ways are benefiting from things that can be done equally well, if not better online. Here is an example of how we sing rounds on Zoom:
There is a small charge of £5 per person per session and you can pay for individual or multiple sessions by PayPal below or in the Shop. If you don’t do Paypal, you can contact me for my bank details to pay by BACS or you can post a cheque to me – again, contact me for the address.