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Sing it Out

A huge thank you to Sydenham Singers, who as part of the Sing out for Christmas group managed to raise us £600!

Sydenham Singers and Sydenham Garden have had a long standing partnership for over 4 years now, and we are so grateful for their support.

Sydenham Singers (London) is an independent community choir working in association with the charity Sydenham Garden. In 2011 Sydenham Garden received Sing Out funding from Lewisham Council to set up the Sydenham Garden Community Choir; an open access a cappella choir which celebrates all genres, languages and styles of music. With weekly sessions, the choir became an established part of the timetable of open access events held at Sydenham Garden’s resource centre.

In Sept 2012 Sydenham Garden handed over all financial responsibility for the choir to Janna Goodwille, who has been the choir leader, organiser, administrator and driving force behind the choir since it began. In order to take the choir to the next stage – from being a successful venture in the community to becoming a successful community-run venture – a managing committee was formed to take over all aspects of running the choir. The choir’s name was changed (by popular vote of its members) to Sydenham Singers. The rehearsals are still located at Sydenham Garden and the choir has a long-term commitment to supporting the aims & objectives of the Garden through its own work.

For more information on Sydenham Singers go to

Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, says: “Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour.”

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