Singing for health and well-being

★The Benefits of Singing★ There are many benefits of singing and why it’s good for us, not least because it helps are health and well-being, it’s also such fun especially if no-one is listening! Here are my top reasons for you to get singing: Singing promotes a healthy heart: it gently keeps your heart active […]

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Ella’s Choir at The Ivy Cafe, Richmond

ELLA’s Choir at THE IVY CAFÉ, RICHMOND First of all, on Friday 24 November and Sunday 9 December, The Ivy Café, Richmond will host Christmas Carols to celebrate the festive period. Hosted directly outside the restaurant, Ella’s Choir will perform carols. They are a charitable choir in aid of React. This is a local charity […]

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What is the UKs best loved aria?

To find out what is the UKs best loved aria, we need a little history first. At the end of the second world war, England triumphed over Germany, Italy and the rest of the world. And sadly as with all wars, many thousands of lives are lost. We should not forget that wars are still […]

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Ella’s Choir, Helen Astrid’s blog

    The South-West Londoner, September 2017 A charitable tune for React charity By Eleanor Sharples A new choir will sing its first notes in Richmond tonight all in aid of the React charity. Created by singing teacher Helen Astrid, Ella’s Choir supports React, a Richmond charity that helps children suffering with potentially terminal illnesses. […]

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The Winner Takes it All

The Winner Takes it All

This article first appeared in the Huffington Post on the 11th September 2015. Music and sport are the perfect marriage; they are made for each other. The benefits of using music in sport and exercise is not new. Music grabs our attention, causing a reaction and it even changes how we feel. It can also […]

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Not Rugby Songs as You Know ‘Em!

This article appears in the Huffington Post on the 21st May 2015. I always love creating unique combinations. Whether it’s in my cooking (I’ve cookbooks from every country ever visited) or my wild wardrobe. I also mix my home décor with the old and the new. I love being individual. My father married an Austrian lady […]

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 I originally wanted to have lessons purely for the joy of learning a skill. I'm delighted to find myself in Helen's very capable hands. She clearly knows what she's talking about and is a true professional. She quickly puts me at ease, gives me confidence, and helps me understand both my range and which songs suit my voice. I'm motivated and energised afterwards. 
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