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Community Correspondents

Clare Crowther, Community Correspondent

The Freedom Festival’s underlying atmosphere is reflective – a feeling of joining together in a peaceable way.

Initiated by freedom, with Wilberforce at its core, we celebrate the immense diversity of freedoms through enjoying arts and culture.

Joining the Freedom Festival Community Correspondents programme appealed to me because I love meeting people and finding out what attracts them to be in certain places at certain times.

I am using newly-learned filming and reporting skills to share the festival, and its ethos, with a wider community. I have made new friends and discovered a real passion for interviewing people along the way.

Freedom Festival 2016 – Artist Vox Pops

By Clare Crowther

Clare caught up with some of this years artists whilst out and about at this years festival. Listen to what they had to say here:

 The Benefits of Song: Why YOU should join Hull Freedom Chorus

By Clare Crowther

Freedom Chorus, the choir set up by Hull’s City Arts Unit, will be appearing at Freedom Festival for the sixth time, after forming in 2011 and taking to the Freedom Festival stage for the first time that year. The Chorus is a wonderful community choir whose motto could well be ‘if you can talk, you can sing!’

In 2011, 100 people signed up to join the Chorus and now it has 572 members. Clare Drury, who runs the Chorus, and is also Development Officer for Hull City Council, is happy for the group to keep growing, saying “everyone is welcome to join us – and we particulaly need more men!”

If you fancy getting involved in the Chorus, here are some fascinating facts about singing:

  • Singing is good for you – putting vibration into your body stimulates your system. Group sound not only puts vibration in your body but also all around; you become immersed in the vocal sound and are uplifted. Singing has multiple health benefits: it improves breathing, lifts mood, and helps you express yourself.
  • If you can talk you can sing, and babies sing before they talk. When parents sing to their children, they’re providing an important part of their musical development. Simply make a noise and see where it takes you – it is the role of singing teachers and choral leaders to help people develop their natural voice.
  • Tone deafness is a myth! Most people can hear tone perfectly well but just need the opportunity to develop skills.
  • There is anthropological evidence that singing pre-dates speaking, with different singing sounds having different meanings.

Catch one of the Freedom Chorus performances over the weekend (check the programme for timings and locations) and if you’d like to take up the fantastic opportunity to develop your own free natural voice, contact the Chorus on 01482 300300. Go for it!