National Map: Singing For Health Groups

This map documents all Singing for Health and Wellbeing groups in the Republic of Ireland. The database is a unique collaboration between Sing Ireland and the Music Therapy Department at the University of Limerick.

This map documents all Singing for Health and Wellbeing groups in the Republic of Ireland. The database is a unique collaboration between Sing Ireland and the Music Therapy Department at the University of Limerick.

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Bray Choral Society

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 2 hours+.
  • Virtually via Zoom + Jamulus.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Wicklow Male Voice Choir

  • Men
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 2 hours+.
  • Zoom some members zoom for singalong night where individuals sing separately.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Wicklow Choral Society

  • anyone over 18 who can sing
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • Zoom rehearsals.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Belle Voci

  • Women
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • No longer meets.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Mayo Male Voice Choir

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • No longer meets.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Clermont Chorale

  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • Meets virtually via Zoom.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Longford County Choir

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Thomond Community College

  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: An hour.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Unity Gospel Choir Limerick

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 2 hours+.
  • Weekly Zoom sessions and choir Whatsapp.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Monthly.

Irish Wheelchair Association / Alvernia Portlaoise ROC

  • Persons with a Physical Disability
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Monthly Rehearsal Length: An hour.
  • Meets in the Resource & Outreach Centre Monthly with smaller groups.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Performs once a year.

The Lady Desart Choir

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 2 hours+.
  • Monthly Zoom chats, virtual performances.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Millicent Singers

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 2 hours+.
  • Zoom calls monthly.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

The Firhouse Singers

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 2 hours+.
  • No longer meets.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Monthly.

Rush Players and St. Joseph's secondary school

  • Adults with intellectual disabilities in collaboration with transition year students
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: An hour.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Performs once a year.

Tallaght Choral Society

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • Meets online via Zoom.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Heartbeats - TUH Choir

  • Workplace choir for current and retired TUH Staff
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • Meets virtually on Zoom.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

The Riverside Singers

  • Mostly active Retirement People
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • Weekly mp3s are sent to those with internet access, and CDs are sent at regular intervals to those without internet..
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Monthly.

The Ramparts

  • Men
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 2 hours+.
  • Met a few times outside.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Monthly.

Continuum Youth Choir

  • Youths
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • Zoom meetings.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Anúna

  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Only to prepare for specific performances Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • No longer meets.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Weekly.

Mellow Tonics

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • Zoom, Weekly zoom rehearsals.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

International Harmony

  • Women from different nationalities
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • Weekly on Zoom.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between tow and four times a year.

Dolce

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 2 hours+.
  • Zoom every week, outdoors in woods in every level except 5.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Monthly.

Dublin Ukulele Collective

  • ukulele players/singer
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • zoom every 2 weeks.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Dublin County Choir

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • online youtube rehearsals.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Cantóirí

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 2 hours+.
  • Zoom (but we took a break May-Oct and are only now starting back).
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

Brickfield choir

  • Open to everyone.
  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • No longer meets.
  • Publicly accessible.

Cantairí Mhuscraí

  • Audition required.
  • Rehearses: Weekly Rehearsal Length: 1-2 hours.
  • No longer meets.
  • Publicly accessible.
  • Performances: Between two and four times a year.

From October 2020 - April of 2021 researchers at UL contacted 2,736 stakeholders with links to singing for health and wellbeing, collecting data on singing groups and choirs across the country. The results, presented here, form a national and international public resource for singers, referrers, policymakers, carers, and other stakeholders invested in singing for health and wellbeing. Several gaps in provision have been identified and it is hoped that data contained here will encourage more people to try singing for health and wellbeing, provide compelling evidence for investment in new services and encourage stakeholders to establish groups in areas of low provision.

The evidence to date supports singing for health and wellbeing as a potentially cost-effective intervention, including increased feelings of social connection and enhanced memory and coping skills for individuals with dementia and their carers; positive experiences of group singing for individuals with cancer; respiratory wellbeing for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and improvements in vocal quality of life for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Social, psychological, and physical benefits are documented for the general public, homeless and marginalized individuals, adults with a chronic mental health condition and/or an intellectual or physical disability, and staff workplace choirs. While there is a growing body of evidence around the health and wellbeing benefits of group singing, there is a paucity of national maps of this nature. This resource is the first-ever national mapping of group singing for health and wellbeing in the ROI and one of few internationally. It serves as a roadmap for people wishing to sing for their health, establish or improve service provision, and network with others. We hope that this map encourages high-quality practice and investment as well as providing a useful resource for all living in Ireland.

Dr Hilary Moss, Senior Lecturer of Music Therapy, Chair of the Arts and Health Research Network, University of Limerick.