Bernadette "Bernie" Whelan of Crescendo CIC is a professional singer and has an MA in Popular Music. She also leads the Alder Hey Staff Choir.
Her well-being choirs are a breath of fresh air, literally! Through her company Crescendo, she trains and empowers in song by bringing communities of people together to form choirs. These choral workshops lead singers through ways of controlling and projecting voice through fun, warm-up vocal techniques which give a cardio vascular workout, improve lung capacity and release those feel good serotonin and endorphin happy hormones!
As she says, "The aim is that the choir is a health and wellbeing choir whether in the workplace, where it helps relieve stress, aids staff morale, brings people from all departments together and supports staff and hospital special events or as a form of therapy. Singing in a choir teaches people to build teamwork, self confidence and vocal projection ending in a choral performance, with a lot of fun and laughter on the way. Being in a choir energises people which in turn improves and promotes our communication and aids general health and wellbeing. These choral techniques build teamwork, community, self confidence and vocal projection ending in a choral performance with a lot of fun and laughter on the way. Not only does being in a choir energise people it improves and promotes communication and as I have found, can work as therapy in the formation of self help groups with NHS cancer patients, dementia and those recovering from mental health conditions."
"I believe we are all about the journey not the destination . Everyone can contribute. Everyone has a voice. It’s not all about singing but supporting each other with positivity and enthusiasm while learning new vocal skills on the way."
The Bernie Whelan Choir at Raising The Roof 2018
Bernie has developed a very varied and enjoyable repertoire of songs from different styles and genres for her choirs.
At Raising the Roof 2018, she will lead her choir through well-known and loved songs from Abba and Beatles, amongst others.