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Rise Up And Sing

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The Rise Up Project was launched in August 2021 by Chris Gray who wanted to create a safe space for people to come and enjoy all the emotional and physical benefits of singing without fear or judgement, no matter what their vocal ability.

Members joined for a variety of reasons from wanting to boost their self confidence, ease their anxiety or to grow their social circle by being part of a singing community.

The project has literally saved lives and is changing lives everyday by using singing as an escape. Members make life-long friends whilst going on their musical journey and The Rise Up Project is somewhere to go, to not only sing with their new friends, but be able to go and talk to people about things they struggle with in their personal lives and get that group support and a sense of belonging. 


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The Benefits Of Singing


Singing is a natural


Singing releases endorphins, the feel good brain chemical that makes you feel uplifted and happy. Singing also releases stored muscle tension and decreases the stress hormone cortisol in your blood stream. Singing can simply take your mind off your troubles and boost your mood. 


Singing can widen your

circle of friends

One of the great benefits of singing in a group setting is that it improves your social life. The bonds you form singing with others can be profound, since there's a level of intimacy naturally involved. It can bring you a sense of social inclusion and give you a community to belong to.


Singing boosts your


Stage fright is a common feeling for new singers. However, performing well and receiving praise from family and friends may be the key to eventually overcoming your fears and boosting your confidence. With time, you may even find it easier to deliver any sort of presentation in front of a group. 


Singing strengthens the immune system 

Singing for an hour increases the quantity of cytokines - proteins of the immune system - which can boost the bodies ability to fight and recover from illness. 

Listening to music (without singing along) reduced the stress hormone but didn't stimulate the immune system.

Singing helps your memory

Singing can reach parts of a damaged brain in ways other forms of communication can't.

By singing familiar music, it engages both the left and the right side of the brain enabling people to recall and preserve memory in ways that other activities aren't capable of. 


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“About a year ago, I joined the rise up project and I have never looked back since. When I started, I was very insecure and struggled with my self esteem. The support I've received has really improved my confidence and I've felt more at ease to express myself musically"

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