World Voice Day taking place this Sunday

Thursday 13th April 2017
World Voice Day is taking place across the globe on Sunday April 16th. Image: Siphotography via iStock
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Easter is not the only occasion taking place on Sunday April 16th this year, as the date also marks the annual World Voice Day event, which is set to be marked across the globe.

Speech therapists will play a key role in the celebrations, as they strive to inspire people by educating them about the science behind their voices, which is something many simply take for granted.

The British Voice Association has published a new information leaflet to coincide with the event on the subject of 'The Voice and Ageing', which takes a look at how speech function can change as a person gets older.

In addition, the organisation has published an online video demonstrating some vocal warm-up exercises designed to prevent damage to singers' voices, particularly those who are older in years.

Events will be taking place across the world to mark the occasion, with several planned in the UK. In Reading on Saturday April 22nd, people will be given the chance to learn how to become a voice actor during a day-long workshop at Matinee Sound and Vision Ltd.

Meanwhile, community singing sessions will be taking place at the Cricket Club at Kings Langley Common in Hertfordshire on Tuesday April 18th to celebrate the sounds that people's voices can make.

The theme of this event is 'singing for pleasure and health', as belonging to a choir group can be good for people's wellbeing and mental health, providing them with a new social circle and something new to enjoy.

Elsewhere in the world, some schools in India will be using World Voice Day to focus on how teachers rely on their voices and the damage they could be doing to them by raising them when speaking to a class.

In the US, the first ever Voice Unity International Summit will begin on World Voice Day itself, lasting for six days and featuring speakers from all over the world with expertise in the area of speech science.

Written by Martin Lambert

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