Rocking out at community choir to stop snoring and boost vitality

FINE VOICE: The Rock Choir performs

FINE VOICE: The Rock Choir performs

First published in Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by

JOINING a community choir in Weymouth or Dorchester could be the answer to uninterrupted sleep, say organisers.

As well as boosting health and wellbeing, research has shown that singing can help reduce snoring.

Stacey Hobday, from Weymouth, runs fun weekly Rock Choir sessions around west Dorset and is always on the lookout for new members.

Rock Choir is the UK’s largest contemporary choir, with more than 16,000 members in over 250 local communities.

There are no auditions and no requirements to read music or have any previous singing experience.

Stacey said: “Singing helps to exercise and strengthen muscles in the soft palette, which is where the snoring vibration occurs.

“A study carried out by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, found preliminary evidence that regular singing exercises may benefit people who snore.

“This prompted us to ask Rock Choir members whether they or their partners had noticed any improvements in their snoring since joining. Over 10 per cent of respondents said yes. We often receive emails and letters from choir members telling us how much being in Rock Choir is helping them to feel happier, increase their confidence and even lose weight.

“So this is yet another bonus.”

Rock Choir member Dagmar Rathbone says her husband has noticed a difference since she joined.

She said: “Apparently my snoring is now quieter. My husband says I’ve gone from a tank to a motorbike.”

Viv Feeley says her snoring has reduced since joining, adding: “I’m now thinking of getting my husband to join Rock Choir too.”

Rock Choir members get together each week to attend fun, friendly rehearsals where they are taught specially arranged pop and rock songs.

There are lots of exciting performances throughout the year and many of them help raise money for charity.

For a free taster session or more information about times go to or call 01252 714276.

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