This Manchester singer has launched an online virtual choir to help people stay connected


Dan McDwyer, the musical director of Northern Voices at The Royal Northern College of Music and founder of The Choir Project, teaches choirs across Greater Manchester.

It was Dan who led The Manchester Mental Heath Choir to their appearance at The Royal Variety Performance with Emeli Sande last year, as well as directing the Parrs Wood choir for One Love Manchester.

He also recently directed and performed with The Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus on the Channel 5 production Jane and Friends

All of his projects promote the same message, of singing to take care of your well-being.

And now, Dan has launched a new online virtual choir which he hopes will help people stay connected.

This Tuesday 24th March will be the second of Dan’s ‘couch choirs’, aimed at all the people who are self-isolating due to the coronavirus.

This new digital choir is for everybody, says Dan, and you can get all of the family involved.

If people are feeling lonely through self-isolation, then this virtual choir aims to keeps spirits high and to bring people together through song.

“During this difficult time it’s important more than ever to look after our well-being and continue doing the things that we love,” says Dan.

“For many of the people I work with, coming to choir is the highlight of their week. It is an hour not having to worry about work or the stresses of work and everyday life.

“My online choirs allow people to sing in the comfort of their own home, learning new songs and vocal exercises while improving their singing and well-being.”

The next online choir rehearsal with Dan McDwyer takes place on Tuesday 24th March from 6.45pm-7.45pm, and costs £5.



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