Jeremy Haneman FRSA, choral conductor and community chorus director for the Royal Opera House, will lead a workshop that explores how choirs can be an extraordinary and rapid way to bring diverse people together.
Believing that singing is a basic human right, Jeremy is passionate about using the model of a choir to enable people to be both fully self-expressed and committed to a team. Building up layers of harmony, the choir is a means to get people of diverse backgrounds together to work as one unit to create something that is more profound than can be achieved by individuals working alone. Recent research has demonstrated that choir members' heartbeats begin to synchronise when they are rehearsing and that singing stimulates brain function in unique ways.
This workshop is open to anyone; no prior experience of singing is necessary. The session will involve songs from different cultures taught by ear and will incorporate games and fun exercises designed to build teamwork and develop listening skills. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the Royal Opera House’s extraordinary work using singing in Thurrock as a means to build a community, and how interfaith choir the Mixed Up Chorus in London has been successfully building bridges between people of different faiths and no faith.
This event is free to attend but we do ask that you book your place in advance (at the top of this page).
We look forward to seeing you there. Any questions, please contact Jeremy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: The Drawing Room, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6E