Community choir Rising Voices Wessex which began as a successful rehabilitation bid from Dorset Cancer Network to aid recovery and support patients with cancer and their carers through singing, will join Russell Watson in concert at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts on 3 June.
The UK’s best selling classical artist with four Classical Brits to his name, Russell has always been a strong supporter of unsigned artists and choirs, especially after being a judge on the BBC’s Last Choir Standing, and wanted to have local choirs accompany him on his Up Close and Personal UK tour.
“I love being accompanied by choirs and the energy and excitement they bring,” says Russell. “I am really looking forward to this tour and feel that a local choir will be a perfect addition to the evening.”
Russell has overcome two life threatening brain tumours and this resonates with Rising Voices Wessex which was formed in 2013 to offer support to people living with and beyond cancer, especially when recovering after treatment.
Research has shown the positive impact of singing on well-being and singing in a choir has further benefits such as helping restore confidence and through social contact decreasing social isolation and loneliness.
“Cancer is why the choir came together, but it is not the main topic of conversation, that is about what we are singing, our music and social activities,” says vice chair of Rising Voices, Noeline Young. “It is purely a group of people who enjoy singing and find music helps them to deal with their challenges.”
Rising Voices Choir meets on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30 at St John’s Church, Ashley Road, Parkstone. For more information visit www.risingvoices.org.uk.