A new scientific study (1) has released its findings that shows that singing carries about the same risk as talking:
New collaborative research has shown that singing does not produce very substantially more respiratory particles than when speaking at a similar volume
This innovative study look at the amounts of aerosols and droplets (up to 20 µm diameter) generated by a large group of 25 professional performers when breathing, speaking, coughing, and singing. The tests were carried out in an orthopaedic operating theatre, which enabled the measurements to be taken in an area of “zero aerosol background”. This allowed the team to “unambiguously identify the aerosols produced from specific vocalisations”. (1)
We are constantly inspired by the people we hear about in eulogies at funerals, but one day this week, we discovered hidden histories amongst our musical colleagues too!
Every year in May, Dying Matters promote a fantastic range of events and activities around the country. The aim is to get people talking about dying, death and bereavement and making plans for their end of life; known as Dying Matters Awareness Week.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Our singers were scurrying about like a mouse.
As, hats on their heads, and music held tight
They brave the cold darkness of Farnborough at night.
We do love to sing, so tonight, it's not pub
But a church lit with candles and glowing with love
We'll sing of good tidings and shepherds and kings
Then dash swiftly home to wrap up last things!
Our hope is quite simple, but very sincere
We wish you Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Best wishes for the Yuletide season from soprano Toni, mezzo Kirsty and office assistant spaniel Truffle.
This year, we've all seen what real snow is like again. You know, the kind of snow that covers your boots and means you have to use a shovel to clear your drive. However, it seems that now the mere sight of it terrifies us again.
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