Project Get Singing is here to support you continue with group singing activities with confidence. To help you with this, we have compiled a list of useful links taking you straight to the key places for information related to choirs and other group singing. These links take you to webpages which present reliable and up to date information relating to all things singing. You can also find useful links to explain some of the scientific work relating to the voice and other relevant research.
Take a look at our FAQs below:
What can my choir do right now?From Monday 19th July, there are no limits on choirs, whether singing indoors or outdoors, and the need to socially distance has been removed.
How many people can rehearse together outside?Any number of people can rehearse together outside, though it is important to consult your choir members to ensure they are happy to sing in this context and to have a risk assessment in place.
When can I rehearse inside?Choirs can rehearse indoors from 19th July.
How many people can be inside singing?There is no limit on the number of people that can rehearse indoors, though there are factors that will still need to be considered before going ahead. A risk assessment is essential, and choirs must decide for themselves what other mitigations they might keep in place in consultation with their membership. These can include, but is not limited to, ensuring a well-ventilated space, distancing, use of facemasks, limiting rehearsal time, a requirement to take lateral flow tests prior to rehearsals, a check on whether vaccinations are in place (Making Music recommend this is done anonymously), temperature taking on arrival and ensuring anyone with symptoms stays at home.
Is there a time restriction on rehearsals?There are no formal time restrictions on your rehearsal, however as aerosols build over time, it is recommended that rehearsal durations are limited with breaks included where people can go outside and/or the area can be aired.
Do we have to wear masks?When singing outdoors, there is no need to wear masks unless individuals choose to. The requirement to wear face coverings indoors has been downgraded from ‘mandatory’ to an ‘expectation’ to do so. Choirs will need to decide whether they feel it is appropriate to continue to wear masks whilst singing or to wear masks when moving around but sing unmasked with good ventilation and some spacing, but this can be up to the individual.
What is happening with Church singing?From 19th July 2021, church choirs can return with no limit on numbers for adults or children, and congregational singing will return. It is up to individual settings on whether facemasks should be worn, and churches should undergo the same risk assessment process for this as they would for any singing activity. For further details, here is the RSCM’s FAQs re singing in church: https://www.rscm.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/FAQs-re-Singing-15th-July-2021.pdf
What about youth groups?There is no limit to numbers rehearsing indoors or outdoors for youth groups. Leaders should however ensure full risk assessments are in place for their rehearsals in the same way they would for an adult choir. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring a well-ventilated space, distancing, use of facemasks, limiting rehearsal time, a requirement to take lateral flow tests prior to rehearsals, a check on whether vaccinations are in place, temperature taking on arrival and ensuring anyone with symptoms stays at home.
Does everyone have to be vaccinated?The majority of choir members will have received their vaccination by 19th July, and all adults in the UK are now eligible to have their first vaccine if they have not already done so. It is up to choirs whether or not to poll members to find out how many members have been vaccinated, and this is something that should be done in conjunction with the choir’s Data Protection policy. Making Music recommend this is done anonymously. The readily available home testing will help provide peace of mind in this instance.
Guidance on covid-19 & singing
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by inhalation of respiratory aerosol in the Skagit Valley Chorale superspreading event (Sept ‘20)
Voices, Voice Teachers & Choirs
British Voices Association
- Vocal health
AOTOS - Directory of Singing Teachers
Modern Vocal Training - Directory of Singing Teachers
Institute for Vocal Advancement - Directory of Singing Teachers
British Choirs on the Net - Directory of Choirs
Big Big Sing - Directory of Choirs
Gerontius - Directory of Choirs
Health benefits of singing
Oxford University - Singing improves health & happiness
BBC - Singing 'improves mental health and helps recovery
BBC Bitesize - Five potential health benefits of music
UK Government - Evidence summary for the role of arts in improving health & wellbeing
Mindsong - Music for Dementia
Sing up - The physical, psychological, social, musical and educational benefits of singing
British Voices Association - Voice care pamphlet
NHS - Choir singing may boost immunity in people affected by cancer
NHS - Music and dementia - a powerful connector
Education & Youth Singing
Music Mark - includes 'Music Unlocked' for kickstarting music in schools
Friday Afternoons - includes a free song book when signed up
Sing Up - includes song/resources bank which requires membership