Keep on Rockin’
Who are we?
Keep on Rockin’ started 10 years ago in a Church Hall in the middle of Ipswich and is still going strong. With three very different Music Facilitators over the years, the group has developed into a real fun community singing group, meeting every other week and performing at all sorts of venues from Residential / Nursing Homes, Ipswich NHS Hospital to the annual People’s Community Garden – Big Garden Party. Members also took part in a 6 x week intergenerational project called ‘The Big Little Singing’ project with Whitehouse Community Primary School, funded by North Ipswich Big Local Trust, which involved learning, singing and performing a number of songs in an assembly and in front of parents, to celebrate the end of the project.
Members come from all walks of life and just love to get together to sing. The sessions are very relaxed and there is no music theory skills needed, to become a member.
Keep on Rockin’ also gets involved in lots of other activities, such as outings to see local Musicals and further afield, travelling to Norwich to see Mama Mia. In May 2017 Keep on Rockin’ recorded their second CD led by Music Facilitator Trish Bessell and produced by David Booth and Simon Allen from the ‘Recording Booth’. This project was also funded by the North West Ipswich Big Local Trust. The CD will help to raise awareness about the group, prove that community singing is great fun and can help improve your health and the sale of the CD will help to support the group.
What do we do at a session?
It is very important to warm up the body, as well as, the mouth, throat and lungs, so we do very gentle exercises to protect the throat and promote good posture and a relaxed body.
We sing a variety of songs, old and new, so that everyone can participate and people feel at ease and enjoy the session.
To help people build their confidence and not have to read the words to songs, we use what we call ‘Round Singing’, which are short easy and catchy songs that can be sung, as a group, in ‘parts’, ‘harmonies’ and ‘rounds’.
Half way through the evening we have a 20 minute break to have some refreshments and to enable people to have a chat and get to know each other.
We end the evening with a song or two to cool down the body and calm the mind for the end of the session.
Why is singing good for you?
- Increases lung capacity and improves breathing
- Helps build a stronger immune system
- Improves circulation
- Improves posture and co-ordination
- It reduces stress and can alleviate the feelings of social isolation and anxiety.
- Singing floods the brain with healthy chemicals, which gives a natural ‘high’.
- Improves concentration and aids ‘muscle memory.’
- Boosts self-confidence and self-awareness.
- Sessions bring people together and help them meet and make new friends.
- We provide local information for people to join other community groups, clubs and make people aware of volunteering opportunities.
Where is Keep on Rockin’ held?
Keep on Rockin’ meet every other Wednesday at 6:30pm-8:30pm during term times at Stratford Court Sheltered Housing Lounge, Stratford Rd, Ipswich, IP1 6EQ.
Members pay £3.50 per session (includes refreshments)
For more information about becoming a member of Keep on Rockin’ and when the next session is please contact ActivLives main office on 01473 345350