Sing every day – and especially on Tuesdays! That’s the message from the leader of a singing group in Cheam Sheila Daniels a local singer and vocal coach.

” Five years ago I launched “In the Mix” singing group in Cheam and from 4th July, 2017 we will be running our Tuesday afternoon sessions at our new home, the Wesley Hall at Christchurch with St Philip in Worcester Park , ” said Sheila.

“I have spent many years singing with a band at weddings and events and my repertoire covers many well known songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, so I thought it would be fun to sing these songs with others who loved them as much as I did – in a relaxed setting without pressure, expectation or commitment. I decided to set up the group back in 2012 because I felt there must be people who would like to sing together socially without having to join a choir or amateur dramatics group, but instead something more like a traditional sing along.

“We sing everything and anything from the 1920s through to the 1970s and occasionally before and after! What we have in common is a general love of great music from many genres – and an open mind to have a go even if I throw in Chuck Berry when they’d rather sing Matt Monro – or vice versa. Above all, singing should be fun and it should make you feel good just to set your voice free, it doesn’t matter what you sound like – and to be honest the more you mentally and physically relax about it the better it will be: fact.

“Our unofficial motto is “Singing should be as easy as breathing” – easier for some than others but everyone embraces the concept. There is much in the media about the health benefits of singing, either for yourself or in a group, including lowering blood pressure, relieving stress and anxiety, boosting the immune system, improving lung function and it is the best kind of anti-depressant.

“The one thing we share at “In the Mix”, however, is that we all leave feeling better for singing and sharing our love of music. Come and join in with us – the more the merrier! www.thesugarband.co.uk/In_the_Mix.html .”