Herts Musical Memories runs 13 singing groups across Hertfordshire. It is not necessary to be a great singer to participate in a Musical Memories session. The intention is that those who attend can socialize, have fun and enjoy the pleasures of group singing in a safe and friendly environment.
The sessions incorporate gentle seated exercise to music, voice and breathing exercises, an eclectic mix of songs, simple rounds and partner songs. There is time at the beginning of the sessions to socialise over a cup of tea or coffee and have a chat.
The sessions are not only fun, but also therapeutic. Both breathing exercises and the singing itself helps to increase lung capacity and in turn oxygen to the blood, resulting in improved alertness and health. Singing familiar songs not only connects people with their memories but helps to improve cognitive skills as well as vocal skills, and generally brings a sense of wellbeing.