The Sing for Life community choir, developed in partnership by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland and The Crescent Arts Centre, was established in September 2012 for anyone affected by cancer. The Belfast based choir provides the opportunity to meet others living with cancer, share time together in a supportive and friendly environment and learn new skills in choral singing.
It has approximately 100 members who attend a weekly 2hr practice session at the Moravian Church, University Road, Belfast. No singing experience is required to join. The choir’s repertoire includes upbeat and uplifting songs and is open for invites to perform at events.
Research has shown that singing in a choir can be extremely therapeutic for cancer patients helping to improve quality of life and self-esteem, and assist with pain relief and coping with depression.
Cancer Focus also provides a wide range of other free services including a bra-fitting service, yoga, art therapy and journaling, Beauty for Life, information and support Helpline (0800 783 3339), walking groups, Family Support Service and a driving service for patients who need to get to hospital appointments.
Our choir was developed through a partnership between the Crescent Arts Centre and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland in 2012. From week to week numbers do vary because many of us are currently undergoing treatment but it’s nice to be able to come back and sing with people who truly understand what you are going through and the impact it has on those around you.
The likelihood of you or someone close to you being affected by cancer is increasing all the time. Our choir plays a vital part in the recovery and support process for our members.
Anyone who would like to know more about the choir or any other Cancer Focus service please call 028 9068 0751 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.