Welcome to the Singing for Health Network - a UK-based professional membership network for anyone interested or involved in leading Singing for Health, including singing practitioners, researchers, health and healthcare professionals in the UK and across the world. We bridge research and practice and provide a platform for sharing practice and opportunities.
The Network builds on - and signposts to - existing provision and provides a useful platform for practitioners, researchers and anyone interesting in finding out more about Singing for Health. We support new and emerging voices as well as established researchers and practitioner-researchers.
We are delighted to be supported by a range of partners and experts in the field of Singing for Health, not least key figures in the Singing for Health movement such as Phoene Cave, Prof. Stephen Clift, Dr Daisy Fancourt and Prof. Grenville Hancox.
And if this all sounds useful, then we warmly invite you to join the network as a member and make use of our news, resources and events!
Announcing a new partnership:
Take two songs twice a day – could singing soon be on doctor’s orders?
The International Centre for Community Music at York St John University (ICCM) has been awarded a two-year grant of £30,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to research the effects of singing on health and wellbeing.
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Working in partnership with the Singing for Health Network and the Royal College of Music, the International Centre for Community Music (ICCM) will collaborate with researchers looking at the effect that singing has on health and wellbeing. The research will focus on the impact that musicians and health professionals have providing singing for health groups in communities and health and social care settings.
Singing for health is increasingly popular for a range of long-term health challenges. This often includes people for whom medical treatment options are limited, for instance dementia, chronic respiratory illness, Parkinson’s, and those suffering from mental illness. The research aims to inform the practice of these singing groups, and demonstrate their real benefits to health and wellbeing.
The ICCM research will address the following questions:
What is the current state of knowledge on the relationships between singing and health and wellbeing?
What theoretical perspectives help to understanding how singing impacts on health?
What are the priorities for future research in the field?
What guidance does research evidence provide to musicians and health professionals in the effective and cost-effective delivery of singing for health opportunities in communities and the NHS?
Visit the ICCM project website for more information on the research.
Image caption: Anella - Singing for Lung Health group in Cornwall performing for the first time at an event organised by St Austell Healthcare Social Prescribing and local businesses.