"Ruler here, pen there, scanner off to the right side, computer staring straight at me, intray in one corner, photo of daughters in the other, and paper scattered everywhere.
The office seems an unlikely place for a singalong but Music in Offices founder Tessa Marchington thinks otherwise: "I believe in bringing people together and that in times like these, this is an essential and very human need."
A graduate of the Royal Academy Of Music, Marchington formed this unique adult education project in 2006. Music in Offices aims to set up office choirs and provide instrumental tuition for employees around their office hours, as well as facilitating internal and external concerts and an annual Office Choir of the Year competition.
The motivation: bringing cultural activity directly to those who may not otherwise have time to pursue such a hobby. By her own admission, Marchington is neither medically nor scientifically trained, but she is keen to explore the power music has to build confidence and boost wellbeing.
"'I have witnessed over the past few years the positive effect on stimulating the brain's development and the impact on leadership,' she says, adding that her music-scientific experiment stems from her own childhood."
Guest describes some of the perceived benefits of these types of initiatives including leadership skills, increased focus and productivity, morale boosting, stress relief and team building.
*Photo Courtesy of Ben Jay.