#MfEMonday – 10th October 2022

The Music for Everyone family would like to thank Robin Reece-Crawford for his contributions to the organisation over many years, as he has decided to leave his current role as Senior Adult Co-ordinator.  Robin’s first involvement was as part of the first choral event (Verdi Requiem) in July 1983. He enjoyed singing in the East of England Chamber Choir for years and became a member of the core staff team over eight years ago.  Robin has worked in various capacities within the charity and will be missed. Although he is stepping away from his current role he is looking forward to continuing to sing at festival choir events. Well done for organising a hugely successful event on Saturday with Brian Kay, which was a sell-out. We wish you all the best in your next chapter Robin!

Jen Adams has been volunteering with Music for Everyone for fifteen years. She has supported the organisation as choral librarian, she has catalogued all our music, doing a wonderful job. Jen has been singing with us for many years and will continue to sing. We look forward to seeing her at future events and would like to say a big thank you!

Both Robin and Jen were thanked formally at a presentation on Saturday at the NUT Clifton Campus in the middle of the Brian Kay event.  We wish you the very best for your future endeavours.

What a fabulous way to spend a Saturday. Singers enjoyed a stimulating day of choral music with former King Singer, Brian Kay including works by Chilcott, Dyson and Vaughan Williams.

Instruments looking for a new home – do you know anyone who might like this clarinet or cello? For further details please contact su@music-for-everyone.org


Today is ‘World Mental Health Day’ so we thought it would be a good opportunity to shine a spotlight on the many ways that music can benefit our mental health and wellbeing. It has been found to reduce stress, manage pain, help us to sleep better, improve our motivation, enhance our mood and help reduce symptoms of depression.

According to the charity Mind, researchers found that music releases dopamine, the feel-good chemical in your brain. It also found that this feel-good chemical goes up 9% when listening to music you enjoy. Powerful stuff.

Music-making exercises the brain as well as the body, but singing is particularly beneficial. Here are some of the reasons that singing in a group is particularly good for our wellbeing:

  • Increases confidence and promotes creativity
  • Builds community and a sense of belonging
  • Combats anxiety and is a natural antidepressant
  • Strengthens immunity and cuts down on illness
  • Produces endorphins and makes you feel energised
  • Reduces stress and helps you sleep better
  • Teaches posture, improves breathing and gives your body a workout
  • Boosts circulation an can help you live longer
  • Improves morale and fosters a sense of achievement

No wonder then that social singing is now being prescribed by doctors! We totally approve so let’s get everyone singing!!

  • The insanely talented singer/songwriter Jacob Collier got his audience singing in 3 part harmony at a recent gig and the effect is spine-tingling: https://youtu.be/3KsF309XpJo

Have a good week!

Your friends at MfE.



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#MfEMondays are Music for Everyone’s weekly emails designed to keep you up to date with MfE events & to circulate interesting finds, special features, and motivational moments for your Mondays! We are aiming to send out something new each week.