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'It's the ultimate stress-buster': how choir singing can boost your mental health

Singing in a choir has physical and mental benefits, as well as bringing communities together, experts tell Ailin Quinlan

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Singing in a choir has physical and mental benefits, as well as bringing communities together,

Singing in a choir has physical and mental benefits, as well as bringing communities together,

Choir manager Germaine Carlos had a major heart operation during which her chest had to be sawn open and her sternum broken - she says singing helped her recovery

Choir manager Germaine Carlos had a major heart operation during which her chest had to be sawn open and her sternum broken - she says singing helped her recovery

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Singing in a choir has physical and mental benefits, as well as bringing communities together,

Last September, choir manager Germaine Carlos had a major heart operation during which her chest had to be sawn open and her sternum broken. The objective: to replace her aortic valve.

The 63-year-old, who manages Dublin’s famous Palestrina boys’ choir, was told by doctors that it could take up to six months to fully recover from the gruelling surgery.

But within a mere seven weeks, Germaine was back to normal, something she attributes to the years of choral singing which left her lungs extremely strong and well developed, and to her own positive outlook on life; she is well aware, she declares, not just of the physical, but of the mental health benefits of choral singing.


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