This academic year the Music Department has become a workplace member of Rock Choir, the pioneering national organisation with over 20,000 participants which encourages everyone to sing. Under the expert and inspiring direction of alumnus Jonathan Grosberg, staff and students meet every Monday lunchtime and, without needing to read a note of music, have so far learnt ‘Shut up and dance with me’ and ‘A Little Respect’ – including moves!
Members of staff are coming along from a whole range of departments across the campus – it is still not too late to join this term. Director of Music Susan Wanless is thrilled with the way the idea has taken off and from all the feedback she has received, making music is clearly very good for you.
Karen Cherpin, Administrator to the Head of School, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science:
‘I absolutely love it! I find it really uplifting and it definitely improves my mood and energy levels. I always go back to my office feeling revitalised and ready to face whatever the afternoon may throw at me.’
Katie Van Sanden, Industrial Placement Co-ordinator, School of Computing:
‘Love it, love it, love it! Perfect antidote to the Monday blues – it feeds the soul! With singing, harmonies, new friends and lots and lots of (unexpected but very welcome) laughter, what’s not to like? And Jonathan is just brilliant!’
Danika Jarrett, Project Co-ordinator, Information Services:
‘It gets me away from my desk, gives me something else to focus on for that time, and is great for wellbeing because I’m totally immersed in what Jonathan is saying and concentrating on what to sing, which is great for mindfulness and controlling breathing. It’s also been nice to meet people from other departments in the University as well.’