Andre Da Silva, PhD candidate, brings the wonderful OutsingCancer choir to the University of Chichester. Andre’s music background stems from the Baptist Church in Brazil, South America. He graduated at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul as a Choir Conductor and came to live in the UK in 2008 where he became to be a student at University of Chichester in 2012, gaining his MA in Choral Studies.
He started studying piano when he was 8 years old and his passion for choirs started when he was 15 years old, conducting the gospel choir in his church. In Brazil and in the UK, he has worked as a vocal producer, singer, vocal coach, music teacher and composer.
Currently Andre works for the West Sussex Music Trust, as a visiting music teacher and also conducts several community choirs in West Sussex.
As the focus of his PhD work, Andre works in collaboration with the local cancer charity ‘Cancer United’ www.cancerunited.org.uk
In February 2018, Cancer United launched OUTSINGCANCER, a choir, with Andre as its director, comprising Cancer United members from all parts of the charity. Singing not only increases lung capacity, it also helps build a strong core which is necessary to enable people to carry out everyday tasks. The choir has grown in a little over a year to more than 60 members across the county and continues to attract new members every week. Since summer 2018 the choir has made over 20 appearances performing at local community events and supporting other local events.
“The wonderful Andre is our conductor and musical director who has taken us from a collection of people affected deeply by a cancer diagnosis to a choir who can sing perfectly together creating a sound worthy of acclaim. We are living proof of the changes that singing in a choir like OUTSINGCANCER makes to cancer patients: improved physical and mental wellbeing, a feeling of happiness, and a connection with happiness.”
There will be a retiring collection to aid the Music PhD students in their research.