A weekly singing group for people living with lung conditions
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust are offering people with lung conditions the opportunity to join a free singing group for 10 trial sessions this AutumnBLF- Singing for Lung Health
Wednesdays | 10:30 – 12:00 | Lessof Auditorium, Lewisham Hospital SE13 6LH
Who is this group aimed at?
This singing group is aimed at people living with a long-term lung condition such as COPD, asthma and pulmonary fibrosis. You may have finished a pulmonary rehab course or be looking for an alternative way to manage your breathing day to day. You do not need any musical ability to join the group, all levels of experience are very welcome.
As this is a trial, you may also be asked to take part into some research into the affects of singing on lung health. We hope to continue the sessions and offer this as a regular group after the initial trial period has ended.
What will happen in a typical singing for lung health session?
Led by trained Singing for Lung Health practitioner James Moriarty, this group is designed to help people with chronic lung conditions to manage feelings of breathlessness whilst taking part in a fun, social activity in a friendly environment. A typical session will begin with a vocal and physical warm up to practice breathing techniques before learning and singing some well-known songs.
How can singing benefit my breathing?
Research from the BLF (British Lung Foundation) has shown that there are three main ways that singing can help people with chronic lung conditions:
- teaching you to breathe more slowly and deeply
- improving the sense of control over your breathing, reducing anxiety and panic
- improving your posture to help you breathe
When are the sessions?
The Singing for Lung Health trial group will take place in the Lessof Auditorium at Lewisham Hospital (fully accessible) on the following dates in Autumn 2019. Ideally you will be able to attend all or most of the sessions:
Wednesday 18th September
Wednesday 25th September
Wednesday 2nd October
Wednesday 9th October
Wednesday 23rd October
Wednesday 30th October
Wednesday 6th November
Wednesday 13th November
Wednesday 20th November
Wednesday 27th November
How do I join?
Registration for the Autumn term singing for lung health group have now closed. If you would be interested in joining in Spring, please contact Lizzy Green, Projects Manager, Learning & Participation (Music) at Trinity Laban on 020 8305 3883 | L&PEnquiries@trinitylaban.ac.uk
Singing for Lung Health is a part of Arts Connect, the arts-in-health programme for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Arts Connect delivers projects that improve patient experience and enhance the healing environment.