Alongside Eric Whitacre’s concert at Gloucester Cathedral in July 2015, the Centre of Performance Science, Royal College of Music & Imperial, continued their research into the effect of singing on the health and well-being of professional singers and audience members. The research culminated in a health symposium at Cheltenham Town Hall discussing singing’s effect on health and wellbeing through results of saliva samples and electrocardiogram data.
Bjorn Vickhoff, who led a study at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden into music and wellbeing, also believes that singing has positive effects on your health. The study showed how musical structure influenced the heart rate of choir members. “Singing is good for your health. Our research indicates that it may even be good for your heart. Further research in this field is much needed, such as the long term effect of choir singing.”