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Raising voices, raising spirits


The Mustard Seed Singers were formed in Canterbury by a mental health service user with a musical background. Eleanor Calden started taking anti-depressants when she was a teenager and was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder three years ago.

Eleanor established the Mustard Seed Singers two years ago and their voices have tripled in number since then. They regularly tour Kent promoting the power of music.

The Research Centre for Arts and Health in Folkestone has shown that singing does improve peoples lives - in some cases quite dramatically. The benefits of group singing and the arts on mental health were highlighted at a public seminar in 2009.

The choir is open to mental health service users, their carers, family and friends, day centre staff, NHS staff and members of the public.


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