Life Update: Singing in the MHFA England Christmas Choir

It’s been a while since I have given a life update here at the blog, but seeing as this update has a musical connection, I thought it would be good to share.

I am working full time at MHFA England (Mental Health First Aid England) as an Operational Administrator. This is a very special organisation that believes in training people to become mental health first aiders in the work place and other areas in life. I couldn’t be happier to work for such a committed organisation and as Christmas is nearing, my colleagues decided to create a unique Christmas choir this year, which will perform at the MHFA England Christmas party, and, I am one of the choir members!

As you all know, I play the piano and have strong musical knowledge but I wouldn’t consider myself to be a ‘singer’. However, as I felt that I don’t sing too badly (having learnt some singing in my piano lessons and for piano exams), I decided to give the choir a go. I am thrilled to be a part of it, as I will be singing with a great bunch of people. We had our first choir rehearsal on Thursday last week and we were very kindly allowed to sing at our colleague David McLellan’s home. The choir members who attended the first rehearsal are my wonderful colleagues Sam Fry (our Guitarist), Gillian Fraser, Janet Davies, Nicola Chamberlain, Jenna Randall, Christina Barsoum, Sarah Petit. We also had a special appearance by David’s cute dog Winston but unfortunately he won’t be performing with us on the night!

Even though all of us said to each other that we can’t sing, when we performed our first song together, it literally shocked us all, because not only did we sound naturally good together, but we were in perfect tune too! This gave us a real boost when it came to rehearsing the remaining two songs, one of which we changed later on. I won’t reveal our song line up just yet. I shall write another update once we have performed at the Christmas party. It felt really good to do something so different and uplifting this week, and once again, I saw the positive impact that music has on people. Wish us luck as we prepare to give the performance of our lives at our Christmas party this Thursday!

A top tip from me for improving your pitch when trying to sing: listen to your favourite songs in repeat mode and then sing along with them. That way, the notes will replay in your head while you are practicing your singing, helping you stay in tune.

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