We know that singing is a valuable aerobic exercise, encouraging better posture and deeper breathing. It is also thought that singing releases endorphins in the body which can help to relieve pain and reduce stress. Singing can therefore be used as a therapy for relaxation and may help in overcoming depression and anxiety. Ella Fitzgerald once said ‘The only thing better than singing is more singing!’

The Cherry Lodge Singing group was set up in 2012 with these health benefits in mind. Anyone connected to Cherry Lodge is invited to come along, have some fun and enjoy the feel-good factor that singing can produce. The group has been led by musician Simon Wilsher since early in 2016. The Cherry Lodge Singers continue to sing old favourites, learn new songs, face new challenges and have a good time.

The photographs on this page show the Cherry Lodge Singers at: the Barnet Band 130th anniversary concert on 2nd February 2019 (photo 1, below); at the Cherry Lodge Christmas Market on Saturday 30th November 2019 (main photo and photos 2 and 3, below); and at the Lights of Love ceremony on Sunday 8th December 2019 (photo 4). As well as singing at Cherry Lodge occasions during the year, the group  also sometimes visits care homes to entertain and sing with the residents.

The Singing Group meets at the Cherry Lodge centre on most Wednesdays from 4pm to 5pm (with tea and a chat on offer from 3.30pm) – please confirm arrangements with Lorraine if you have not attended recently.

We stated at the beginning that this was always going to be about having fun so all voices are welcome! If you would like to join in, just come along to a session and see for yourself or ring Fiona for more information on 020 8441 7000.

Click on the small pictures below to see larger, complete photographs.