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Sophie Garner

Emily Foulkes talks to Sophie Garner about her work and research on singing for people with brain injuries and her journey to becoming an author of books about creative songwriting with children.

Gregson et al 2021

Comparing Aerosol Concentrations and Particle Size Distributions Generated by Singing, Speaking and Breathing

Victor et al 2016

Music, singing and wellbeing for adults living with dementia: a systematic review

The Origins of Singing for Health

Dr Stephen Clift - Professor Emeritus at Canterbury Christ Church University, Visiting Professor at York St John University and Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health - looks back over 20 years of Singing for Health research.

Coulton et al 2015

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of community singing on mental health-related quality of life of older people: randomised controlled trial

Warran et al 2019

The experience and perceived impact of group singing for men living with cancer: A phenomenological study

Daisy Fancourt

Saoirse Finn talks to Dr Daisy Fancourt about her work focusing on the effects of social and cultural participation on health

Measuring the Unmeasurable

Dave Camlin - musician, composer, music educator and researcher - explores the building up of a picture of group singing that captures more of its profoundly transformational nature. Difficult to quantify in research terms, but of enormous potential value if it can be captured.

London Rhymes

Rosie Adediran talks about singing and writing songs with parents, babies and children

Daykin et al 2018

What works for wellbeing? A systematic review of wellbeing outcomes for music and singing in adults

Singing and Parkinson's

Vocal coach and choral facilitator Elizabeth Drwal Stuttard presents two films exploring raising proprioceptive awareness in community singers with Parkinson’s through Laban based movement warm-ups integrated into the vocal sessions

Pentikainen et al 2021

Beneficial effects of choir singing on cognition and well-being of older adults: Evidence from a cross-sectional study

Ojay & Ernst 2000

Can singing exercises reduce snoring? A pilot study

McNaughton et al 2016

Sing Your Lungs Out: a qualitative study of a community singing group for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Batt-Rawden & Stedje 2020

Singing as a health-promoting activity in elderly care: a qualitative, longitudinal study in Norway

Yan et al 2010

The therapeutic effects of singing in neurological disorders

Irons et al 2020

Group Singing Has Multiple Benefits in the Context of Chronic Pain: An Exploratory Pilot Study

Phoene Cave on singing and lung health

Phoene Cave - leading specialist in singing and lung health - gives an audio description of the powerful role singing can play in combatting Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Daffern et al 2021

Singing Together, Yet Apart: The Experience of UK Choir Members and Facilitators During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Williams, Dingle & Clift 2018

A systematic review of mental health and wellbeing outcomes of group singing for adults with a mental health condition

Tamplin et al 2019

ParkinSong: A Controlled Trial of Singing- Based Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

How singing affects health & wellbeing

Dr Sarah Andersen describes her experiences of singing in the tiny Norwegian city of Namsos, and her continuing work to understand more about the wellbeing aspects of singing.

Wan et al 2010

The Therapeutic Effects of Singing in Neurological Disorders

Sandeep Gurrapadi

Sandeep Gurrapadi talks about applying his skills as opera singer, composer and educator in community music projects in India

Dingle at el 2020

An Agenda for Best Practice Research on Group Singing, Health, and Well-Being

Perkins et al 2020

How Participatory Music Engagement Supports Mental Well-being: A Meta-Ethnography

Irons et al 2019

A systematic review on the effects of group singing on persistent pain in people with long‐term health conditions

Camlin et al 2020

Group singing as a resource for the development of a healthy public: a study of adult group singing

The Singing Clinic – Building a Singing for Health Programme in partnership with Social Prescribing

​Emily Foulkes shares her experiences of developing Singing for Health work linked to Social Prescribing in Cornwall

Fancourt & Perkins 2018

Effect of singing interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression: three-arm randomised controlled trial

Shlaug et al 2010

From singing to speaking: facilitating recovery from nonfluent aphasia

Han et al 2018

Individual Therapeutic Singing Program for Vocal Quality and Depression in Parkinson’s Disease

Behind the data is a human story

Becky Moseley-Morgan reveals some fascinating insights into the benefits of singing for mature voices

Anthony Bourdain

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