Katie is seriously fantastic and a force to be reckoned with.”

James Wyatt, Singing For Breathing Northampton

Singing for Wellbeing Groups
 Singing has been scientifically demonstrated to have a host of health benefits including
* Deepening and expanding the breath cycle
* Gentle cardio-vascular exercise
* Stress release which can relieve pain and lower blood pressure
* Mood enhancement - release of happy hormones
* Braingym- boosting memory and concentration skills
* Social vitamins - singing in groups creates a healthy sense of togetherness
Because Singing Can and Does Change the World

I noticed when I began that the depth of my breathing had improved by the time the hour was up. Now it improves within the first quarter of an hour. ”

— Lung Songs Participant, letter to Choice Magazine, June 2016

HeartSong 
Sing For Your Heart

A Singing Group for Cardiac Friends

Sessions include gentle warm up exercises and heartwarming singing of songs from around the world.
All taught by ear - no previous musical experience required. 
Plus a cup of tea and chat with a friendly, welcoming group.

It doesn't really matter how you sing, you sing for the enjoyment and the fun of it and you feel safe - D

Bi-monthly Friday Afternoons
Holwell Village Hall 
Pirton Road, Holwell, Hitchin, SG5 3SS
(3 miles north of Hitchin off the A600 Bedford Road)

Suggested donation £5
For more information contact
John Burden - burdjohn@hotmail.com
Click here for more info about Cardiac Friends

 

Lung Songs
Free Singing Sessions for Respiratory & Cardiac Patients 
 
Fortnightly Thursdays 2-3.15pm 
St George's Hospital 
Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT

I am less concerned about speaking in my job as a result of
singing and exercises taught. - Christine

 
Singing has been shown to be a form of gentle cardio-vascular exercise that deepens the breath cycle and regulates heart rate.
Breathing exercises and easy, accessible singing can support patients to manage and improve their health conditions. 
Respiratory and Cardiac Patients are welcome to join a fun, friendly group for gentle exercises and singing for wellbeing
 - plus tea and biscuits :)  

Used to sing all day and lost my voice completely for several years.
Since coming here it is slowly coming back – Marilyn

 
For more information contact
Katie Rose info@therosewindow.org

Helpful Resources & Research 

Findings of the All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry into The Arts & Wellbeing 2017 
• The arts can help keep us well, aid our recovery and support longer lives better lived. 
• The arts can help meet major challenges facing health and social care: ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health. 
• The arts can help save money in the health service and social care   - click here

British Lung Foundation
Information about Singing for Lung Health click here

Breathe Artwork by Jayne Wilton
Beautiful installations and representations of breath on copper plates click here

Campaign to End Loneliness 
Found that the health of our social network has a greater impact on longevity than smoking or drinking – this report documents the positive impact of arts activities on loneliness 

Katie's Singing Exercises
A list of helpful warmup and singing exercises compiled by Katie Rose - click here

Singing for Breathing CD
Created by Phoene Cave, available from the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals.
Includes breathing exercises and songs for home practice and costs £10 - Click here 

Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health 
Research into the effects of choral singing nationally and with specific groups including patients with COPD. - click here
 

Illustration: David Shrigley

Illustration: David Shrigley