Concerts are good for your health - Wesley Methodist Church, Leigh-on-Sea
A church has shown that attending concerts can increase happiness.
Wesley Methodist Church hosted a series of concerts featuring a group of talented singers, the Allegro choir.
The repertoire included music for everybody's tastes, including
works by Handel, Loewe and Lerner. They sang songs from West Side Story and then a range of traditional Irish melodies, songs by Sondheim, and songs from Chess. The concert finished with ‘Goodnight, Sweetheart’. At the end of a memorable evening, the soloists, choir and audience went home with song in their hearts.
The Allegro Choir organises concerts to raise money for charities.
In this case, the donation went to the church’s work with older people. Regular activities include monthly free movie mornings, seasonal entertainment (eg summer afternoon teas), Memory Worship and worship and activities for people with dementia and their carers.
Church member Anna Wratislaw said: “One couldn't help thinking, why go to the West End or Broadway with such talent locally and helping good causes?”