I started singing at an early age as I grew up in a house where music thrived. Having a dad who was a professional tenor and mum who was a professional singer and dancer I couldn't really escape. I studied music at The London College of Music and obtained grade 6 in Pianoforte. My dad encouraged me a lot and I learned a lot from him. I went to Leila Webster in Belfast for voice lessons in my teens and quickly learned the rudiments of breathing properly and started to use my chest and head voice. I also obtained a certificate in training and education from Galway University.
A recent article in Time magazine by Stacy Horn, author of Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, referenced scientific studies examining the physical and mental benefits of singing: the release of endorphins, the release of the hormone oxytocin, which is linked to reducing stress and enhancing feelings of bonding, group singing being "our evolutionary reward for coming together co-operatively".
Other benefits might have to do with the possibility of synching heart rates when groups sing together, leading to a meditative effect.
There is an overall "feel good" factor when singing in a group and people leave on a high after the workshops.