SHOUT it from the rooftops – singing can be good for your health.

A new harmony singing group has been set up at St John’s Church in Golcar.

Run by Huddersfield-based community arts organisation Hoot, the weekly singing sessions are aimed at promoting the feel-good factor.

Project co-ordinator Moira Wade said the new group, which meets every Wednesday, is for over-55s who want to improve their general well-being.

Moira said the benefits were many-fold.

“The group encourages people to meet others, enhancing social lives and building new friendships,” she said.

“Then the actual singing can bring physical improvements such as with breathing and general flexibility.”

New groups in Golcar and Thornhill Lees in Dewsbury follow on from the success of a similar group called Singing in t’valley in Honley.

The Honley group has been so successful it has more than 30 members.

What makes the project different is that it focuses on harmony singing.

“Singing in harmony with others is not something you get the chance to do every day,” said Moira. “It can be a really special experience.”

The Golcar group is open to anyone over 55 and from Kirklees.

“It’s for anyone who wants to try something new,” said Moira. “Even if you only sing in the bath come along. We believe everybody has a voice and we create the opportunity for people to use their voice in a safe, non-judgmental setting.”

Those taking part don’t have to have sung before or know how to read music.

“Everything is taught by ear,” said Moira.

Sessions run on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm. The first one is free and after that the cost is just £3 a time including refreshments.

The project is part-funded by Kirklees Community Partnerships and Creative Minds, an initiative from the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

For details ring Hoot on 01484 516224 or visit’