D'VINE SINGERS WELCOME YOU
Sail of the Century!
The D'Vine Singers would like to thank all our friends and supporters for their fantastic contribution to our night of nautical adventure on 9th July. The evening was steered with infectious enthusiasm (and appropriate costume!) by Sevenoaks District Council leader, Peter Fleming, and attended by supporters in the District Council and Arts Council and Kent Community Foundation - who have all helped to keep our little Wellbeing Choir afloat .
We hope to get out and about in the coming months but could do with a few more voices. You don't have to be a Pavarotti or Adele - as they said on Sky Arts, Anyone Can Sing! We can promise you a very warm welcome and the companionship of singing in a supportive group, which has huge benefits for body and soul.
We're lucky enough to meet in a well-ventilated and hygienic Church hall and will be sitting socially distanced for a 'safer sing'. We even have special singing masks for anyone who would like an extra layer of protection. But that won't stop stop the music or the fun, so come and give it a try! We're grant-funded so there's no fee. If you'd like to join this merry crew, please contact email@example.com or phone Jacky on 07708 237415.
The D'Vine Singers are a friendly, informal group who meet to sing for fun, with a strong focus on mental wellbeing. We take our name from the Vine Baptist Church in Sevenoaks, where we meet from 12.00-1.30 pm on Fridays. The group began life as part of a funded research study into singing and mental health. When the project came to an end, with the value of singing getting a definite ‘thumbs up’, we were keen to carry on as an independent group and here we are today, still going strong after 8 happy years of mutual support.
At our 7th birthday celebration in October, we said goodbye and thank you to our founding chairman, Peter, and welcomed Miller who will be taking over the reins and keeping us in order from now on!
ALL TOGETHER NOW!
What We Sing
We sing rounds and simple part songs, learnt by ear, covering all kinds of music so there is something for everyone to enjoy. You don’t have to read music and there is no audition. We continue to have a strong focus on mental health, as we believe in the power of singing to lift the spirits and provide companionship. You don’t need to be a budding Pavarotti or Adèle - just someone who enjoys singing in a supportive group. We welcome anyone, regardless of previous experience. If you’d like to know more please phone the choirleader, Jacky, on 07708 237415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org*
‘Singing for mental health and wellbeing’ Kent-wide research project 2014
* The D’Vine Singers began life in 2014 as part of a research study into ‘singing and mental wellbeing’ by the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University. The research was funded by the NHS in conjunction with Kent County Council’s Wellbeing campaign. During the study, participants were asked to evaluate their mental wellbeing according to questions based on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale, a recognised questionnaire that is used as a measure of mental health in the UK.
Once the research study came to a close, the singers were keen to continue with the weekly sessions and a committee of volunteers was set up to run The D’Vine Singers as an independent community group. Although the sessions are open to everyone, we feel it is important to maintain the original focus on mental health, so occasionally we ask members to think about whether the group singing has made a difference to their lives. To date the responses have all been very positive, particularly in terms of lifting mood and reducing social isolation.
One Step at a Time
At D'Vine Singers, we are dedicated to welcoming all comers who enjoy singing and are looking for a friendly group to join at the same time giving support to those, who may not be able to join such a group alone.