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Singing for Health Research Conference

Insights And Innovations

Friday 18 February 2022, 9am-4pm- online

This prestigious online conference is a partnership between the Voice Study Centre, the Singing for Health Network, Royal College of Music, York St John’s University, University of Limerick and University College London. It aims to bring together some leaders in Singing for Health research to share their expertise and experiences in line with the theme of ‘insights and innovations’. It will be of interest to students, researchers, healthcare professionals and singing practitioners as well as those interested in Singing for Health research and practice.

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Hello and welcome to the Singing for Health Network - a UK-based membership network for anyone interested or involved in Singing for Health. Our aim is to bridge research and practice and provide a platform for sharing between practitioners and researchers.

This Network is not seeking to replicate the work of existing networks in the field of arts and health, but to build on - and signpost to - existing provision and provide a useful platform for practitioners and researchers and anyone interesting in finding out more about Singing for Health. We want to help those researching Singing for Health and to support new and emerging voices as well as established researchers/practitioners.


We are delighted to be supported by a range of partners and experts in the field of Singing for Health. We’d like to thank Dr Stephen Clift for his support and advice so far and will be looking forward to his input to the network. We also want to thank Sonia Price at Canterbury Christchurch University for her help and support with the survey we conducted in 2020. Dr Daisy Fancourt has expressed her support and will be sharing some of her thoughts on Singing for Health on the network. Thank you to all the contributors so far. As we evolve and grow, we will be pleased to welcome all supporters and partners, from education, health and the arts.

And if this all sounds useful, then do join the network as a member and make use of our news, resources and events.

The Core Team

Emily Foulkes (Artistic and Content Manager)

Emily is the Director of Cymaz Music, a music for well-being charity in Cornwall. She has worked in music and well-being for more than 20 years, having previously worked for the National Foundation for Youth Music in the Policy and Programmes department, and worked with the team at Youth Music to secure funding which led to her lead on the setting up and managing of national programmes and networks.


Emily is a Singing for Health practitioner, researcher, trainer and consultant. She has developed a Singing for Health programme in Cornwall, securing funds for a Singing Clinic programme with Social Prescribing and NHS funding to work in acute care. She received a bursary for her MA with Voice Workshop and completed research in Singing for Health.


The idea for the Singing for Health Network emerged through conversations and consultation with colleagues across the UK and Emily was delighted to receive Lottery funding in 2020 in order to set up the Network.

Baz Chapman (Network Manager)

Baz Chapman is an arts and education consultant, programme manager and facilitator. He was previously Programme Director for Sing Up, the Government’s National Singing Programme for Primary Schools, and Regional Director for Teaching Leaders. He is co-founder and General Manager of the National Teachers’ Choir, and other current roles include Events Development Manager for Sing for Pleasure, Coordinator of the Artslink programme for Children in Care, and choral arranger for The People’s Orchestra and Show Choir. www.bazchapman.org.uk

Dr Jo Erwin (Research & Evaluation Adviser)

Jo has a background in public health, is a researcher in musculoskeletal health at Royal Cornwall Hospital and is the evaluator and researcher for our Singing Clinic programme in Cornwall. Jo is an avid singer in a few different choirs and singing groups in Cornwall and advocates for the power of singing to promote health and well-being.

Please get in touch if you would like to become a partner or would like to discuss contributing content to the website. We are seeking case studies from a range of Singing for Health projects across the UK, from a variety of perspectives.

Claire Turner (Research & Evaluation Adviser)

Following an English and French degree, Claire studied at the Royal College of Music, completing her Postgraduate Diploma (Voice) with distinction. Her performing career has been varied, including roles with Welsh National Opera and Longborough Festival Opera, alongside an extensive repertoire of concert solos.

Claire’s many years as a singing teacher have furnished her with a passion for the benevolence that singing can bring. She is currently pursuing an MA in Vocal Pedagogy with a Specialism in Singing for Health, particularly focusing on Singing for Mental Health Disorders.

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