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Ahead of the launch of a new community youth choir in Wanstead this month, singing teacher Victoria Scott explains the benefits of exercising your vocal chords.

Singing is one of the most natural things in the world for humans. And we can all do it, even if you think you can't! My name is Victoria and I am heading up an exciting, new, young people's community choir project in Wanstead called Wanstead Youth Voices.

Our age range is eight to 18 and there are no auditions. We will be singing a wide range of really fun music from pop songs, folk songs and musical theatre to classical music, and each session will last one hour.

A bit about me. I have been a singing teacher and professional performer for most of my life, and can honestly say that getting involved in a choir has many health benefits, as well as being fun.

I studied at the Royal Academy of Music and gained a huge amount of knowledge and experience in many different styles of music, including opera.

I have worked as a professional singer all over the world and have taught singing and conducted choirs for nearly 20 years in the Redbridge area. I am also the ambassador for the London Youth Choir. I believe we can all learn to sing and that no one should be excluded.

There have been many studies made about the huge health and welfare benefits music can contribute to our lives. Singing improves blood circulation throughout the body, allowing more oxygen to reach the brain. This improves concentration and memory.

I have a sign on my teaching room wall saying "If you don't think singing is a sport, then you haven't had a proper singing warm-up!" Singing is a full physical workout, and as you learn to breathe deeply and properly, you improve your posture and use a greater amount of oxygen than when doing many other types of exercise. This in turn can help with better quality sleep.

Singing is also known to release endorphins that make you feel uplifted and happy, which can help lower stress levels.

Joining a choir of like-minded, fun-loving people also widens your social circle and boosts confidence as you can discover your talent in a safe environment.

So, do come and join us and see what wonderful things you can achieve being part of our new youth community choir.

Wanstead Youth Voices will launch on 19 September, meeting every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at Christ Church, Wanstead (£5 per session). For more information, and to register a place, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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