"When I come here, my soul sings"
"Forget the drugs, they should put this choir on prescription. Instant feel good fix and no side effects!"
Community Choir member
2016, 100 years on from "the war to end all wars" and we still haven't found a way to live without war.
We believe that until we do, we need to create opportunities for people carrying the wounds of war (including the invisible, mental scars) to be supported. Research has shown that a lot of military veterans and their families feel isolated and don't connect with their community as much as they once did. The good news is that singing in a choir has been proven to boost mood, reduce loneliness and even reduce your risk of heart disease!
Re-Live have just launched the Coming Home Choir at Chapter on Friday mornings 11-1. We are looking for more members from the Cardiff community.
This is the starting point of a long term creative project with People Affected by Conflict. We are looking for community choir members who can be sensitive to the fact that some of the veterans are living with post-traumatic stress and are able to make a commitment to Friday mornings. No previous experience of singing required. Our choir lead Pauline Down has a wonderful ability to bring out the best in all voices!
The choir will form part of several performances including an R&D intimate performance end of May 2016 and a large scale theatre production exploring People Affected by Conflict in 2017.
We are holding an Open taster session on Friday March 18th at 12pm at Chapter, Market Rd, Canton. This will be a chance to hear the choir in action, join us for tea and cake and find out how you can be part of this exciting new venture.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
Re-Live began working with veterans and their family members in 2012 when we created “Abandoned Brothers” with the support of NHS Veterans Wales, a live theatre performance at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. The project received an Arts and Health Award from The Royal Society for Public Health and Re-Live received an International Leadership in Arts and Health Award 2015.
Re-Live Co-Director, Alison O'Connor has just been awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to explore how theatre, music and dance can help veterans and families transform the trauma of painful memories into something positive and hopeful. She will travel to America, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia and bring her learning back to Wales.
For more info visit www.re-live.org.uk
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