A COMMUNITY choir is inviting singers of all abilities – including complete beginners – to warm their mind, body and soul with the magic of music.

Being in a choir has physical and mental health benefits, helps with breathing, posture, general fitness, boosts stress-busting endorphins, eases anxiety, strengthens the immune system and is a fun way to make new friends.

Unity Choir, a mixed voice community choir in Hetton-le-Hole, is for adults who love singing but are not sure if they can. It welcomes singers of all abilities, including complete beginners. There is no audition, members do not need to read music and will not be asked to sing on their own.

Unity is holding a series of drop-in taster sessions called ‘winter warmers’.

Anyone interested can attend The Hetton Centre, Welfare Road, as a one-off or every week on Tuesdays, from 7pm to 9pm, until February 11. No commitment is required and payment is £5 on the door.

The sessions are led by Rebecca McGarvie, who will teach a range of feel-good music including pop, gospel, musical theatre and world music.

She said: “Starting something new can be a little scary but it’s also exciting. At Unity we make that extra effort to help everyone feel welcome – even people who aren’t even sure they can sing are encouraged to come along. We will help you find your voice in our weekly sessions that promise laughter, escapism and friendship.”