When members of a choir sing, their heart rates quickly become synchronized, beating in the same rhythm. Researchers think this may be why singing together is a key part of religious rituals around the world, and such a joy for the singers.
Using pulse monitors attached to the singers' ears, the researchers measured the changes in the choir members' heart rates as they navigated the intricate harmonies of a Swedish hymn. When the choir began to sing, their heart rates slowed down.
Opera program hits remote AustraliaABC OnlineIt's a long way from the concert halls of major cities, but some Indigenous students in remote New South Wales have been trying their voices at opera singing.
After all the rave reviews and attention that the Met's "Ring" has given him, Owens insists he's not a celebrity: "Yes, after the HD broadcast, people from different cities and countries started wanting my autograph, so that was different," he says. "It wasn't like I was famous then, but opera lovers took notice — so maybe I was opera-world famous. But those are very different things."
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Our lovely friend Lesley Anne Knight performing Lullaby of Broadway for her awesome-sounding Vintage TV series interviewing big names from the history of the musicals. We simply can't wait to see more!
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