The Big Sing for Wellness
‘A Song a Day'
Choir Master: Katie Richardson
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Research has proven singing to not only strengthen the immune system but also to lower stress levels, helps with sleep, improves mental alertness, acts as a natural antidepressant, builds confidence and connects people. It's also great craic... What is not to like?
Using our voices is an incredibly empowering part of who we are, NI Mental Health Arts Festival invites you to take on the challenge of joining with others from across the country to learn a simple song a day from the comfort of your own homes.
Everyone is welcome of all ages and levels of experience. We will be learning a positive playlist of well known favourites by ear so you don't need to read or know anything about music to take part.
The rehearsals will take place 3.30-4.30pm daily on Zoom (Monday 18th until Friday 22nd) with the final meet-up at 11am on Saturday 23rd. Your mics will be muted so the only people who will hear you will be those in your house, the cat and maybe the neighbours... but you can just invite them to join in too!
You will be able to see everyone else and sing like no one is listening with our choir director Katie, who will teach you a new song every morning throughout the week and then on Saturday we will get all dressed up and have our very own in house gig together!
Artist Bio Katie Richardson is a musician, composer, sound designer and facilitator who currently makes her own music under the name Hex Hue. She was a touring member of Choice nominated ‘Pleasure Beach’ and has worked with musicians such as Foy Vance and Duke Special as well as supporting artists like Van Morrison, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Bell X1, All Saints and many more.
As a composer/sound designer Katie has worked with many Theatre companies in NI including The Lyric, Maiden Voyage Dance, Tinderbox and The Mac where she was Artist in residence in 2016. She recently starred in The Lyric Theatre's production of Good Vibrations, as well as being the onstage musical director, and will take it on tour in 2020 as musical director and company member.
Katie directs Open House Festival Choir, Cathedral Quarter Choir and several workplace choirs with a variety of businesses in Northern Ireland and has facilitated countless workshops in music and drama with many organisations throughout NI and beyond.