The Bee Vocal Choir is weekly contemporary choir practice for people experiencing a mental health difficulty.
The choir is for anyone over the age of 18 and is a chance for individuals to find fun, friendship & a voice through song. The aim of Bee Vocal is to create a fun and non – judgmental environment to encourage confidence through a collective of voices in the form of a contemporary choir.
The choir should allow those that attend to feel a sense of belonging within a community that they can take ownership over and find freedom and release through song. This will take place at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. They are providing the space to rehearse and develop this unique project. The choir will run every Wednesday.
The benefits of choir singing are really vast. For example, the practical elements like the breathing exercises have been shown to help people with anxiety. What happens in the brain when you are signing is two different things. The first thing is that you release your happy chemicals that your body naturally creates called endorphins. When you sing with other people, the second hormone released is called oxytocin and that’s your bodies love hormone.
The contemporary choir sessions will be led by choir master Dan McDywer and facilitated by TripleC and graduate psychologist Elaine Craig every Wednesday.
Dan is an established vocal couch, conductor and arranger who currently holds position of musical director of several choirs including the Manchester united youth foundation choir, Francis house staff choir and Parrswood chamber choir. He has worked with choirs for blue peter and BBC children in need. His choirs have also featured with artists including Ariana Grande, Katherine Jenkins, Kerry Ellis the script and many others.
Elaine Craig is a graduate psychologist that will attend every session. Over the course of the project Elaine will gather research to develop strategies to help combat mental health at an earlier stage. In order to achieve this Elaine will go into partnership with MMU to consolidate her findings in the hope of publishing a report which will aid how heath care professional support those with mental health difficulties.
Ged Mulherin is an Actor, workshop leader and a co-founder of TripleC. Ged holds a BA Hons degree in Performing Arts. Throughout the project Ged’s role will be to support Dan in the delivery of the sessions. A huge advantage to having Ged as the regular facilitator shows consistency and allows the participants to have a familiar point of contact which will also help with safeguarding. Once again, this consistency will aid in helping lower anxiety and stress levels. This will promote trust and a safe space. As extra support we will always have two extra TripleC members at each session’s. This will rotate between four other TripleC co-founders to keep the consistency and familiarisation-
We also have several volunteers that help each week.
Before the start of each choir session, we hold a quick briefing to ensure the safety of those in the room.
This week Bee Vocal Choir had the lovely Margaret Biddle as our guest choir master. We'd like to say a huge thank you! Your session was amazing!
We are so grateful to hold Bee Vocal Choir at the wonderful Bridgewater Hall each week.
Due to prior commitments, Bee Vocal went on tour for a few weeks and ran the choir at 53TWO, Comedy Store, Deloitte. We want to say a huge thank you to these venues for hosting our choir.
Look at that crowd! Not bad for our first ever public performance.
Performing in Albert Square for the Manchester Together Concert which commemorated the one year anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombings.
BEE VOCAL have performed at several events over the last 12 months inlcuding the Manchester Together concert.