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PODCAST [31] From connection to catharsis: the benefits of singing in a choir, with Sam Chaplin from The Choir With No Name

In this episode, I talk with Sam Chaplin, a community choir and music workshop leader who is also a singer-songwriter, jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger. Sam’s music leading has centred around people experiencing challenges in their lives in one way or another. He leads the London branch of the Choir with No Name, which is for homeless or marginalised people; has led choirs for women whose children have been taken into care; a choir for people affected by the Grenfell fire; and a Maggie’s Centre choir for people affected by cancer. He is also a tutor with the Orpheus Centre, leading their songwriting weeks in prisons and with disabled people.

You can listen now below, or on Spotify (search for the name) and Apple Podcasts or your favourite podcast app.

What’s in this episode?

We talk about:

  • How accompanying an older people’s choir inspired him to become a vocal leader
  • How community choir leading is ‘caught rather than taught’
  • The four Cs: connection, confidence, congratulations and the catharsis of ‘singing it out’
  • Sing it Out, the song on Sam’s new album inspired by The Choir With No Name
  • The value of peer mentors as part of advocating for the choir
  • Making music more central in everyone’s lives

Links for this episode

Sam Chaplin

Izzy Adams

Spitalfields Music

Synchronisation of heartbeats research with Royal College of Music

The Choir With No Name

About the music for education & wellbeing podcast

Listen in each month to get ideas, inspiration and practical advice from people involved in music education, community music, music therapy and more. Learn how you can break down barriers to music, through communications, advocacy and inclusive practice.

The music for the podcast was created by Otis Hynds, a young person working with Noise Solution.


Transcript for the Music for education & wellbeing podcast [31] TRANSCRIPT: Sam Chaplin, leader of the London branch of the Choir with No Name


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