• Minutes of the AGM held on 14th January 2018

    The minutes of the AGM held at St Paul's Church Canterbury are now available. To view the minutes please follow this link.


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  • Grenville’s trip to Brisbane and Sing to Beat Parkinsons

    Brisbane and STBP My trip to Brisbane to contribute as key note speaker and conductor for the final Sing to Beat Parkinson’ s concert was very rewarding. The symposium held over three days in the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University , was both  to examine and promulgate the results of a six month research programme using group singing with seventy eight people with Parkinson’s ( PWP) none of whom had sung before in a choral group. The weekly programme of singing activities ,held in three different locations and facilitated by three choral leaders similarly fresh to the experience of working with PWP, was devised by Dr Yoon Irons whom I met three years ago in Brisbane and who came to our Aldeburgh training in 2017. The rigorous protocol utilised shared resources, identical time allocation, weekly ‘homework’ for the participants and a variety of recording methods to capture some of the activities en route. At the end of the six month period standard assessment tools were used to measure the impact of the group singing, ( pdq 39, DASS etc) producing a huge amount of data which was analysed by Dr Irons and Prof Don Stewart, professor of public health at Griffith . The results are quite wonderful ( both with regard to the trial and by implication)  with improvements shown in each of the areas measured with only one exception.The main outcome is that singing reduced stigma, in which was noticed the biggest improvement compared with other aspects of quality of life measures. Singing in groups also improved emotional wellbeing, social support and reduced depression, anxiety and stress levels. In all these improvements, Yoon Irons and Don Stewart detected a statistical significance and whilst  ‘ clinically’ speaking, it is probably a  ‘small’ improvement any improvement must be welcomed in a condition associated with gradual deterioration. Additionally all the participants were interviewed and this  data demonstrated quite amazing achievements during the six month period. Yoon presented all the results as part of the first days research and delivery team seminar in great detail with sub section analysis of the data. She then made the ‘public ‘ presentation on Friday to a wider audience which included speech therapists, voice and speech pathologists, a consultant gerontologist and others including some members of the three singing groups.  Her presentation was prefaced by a panel discussion, Parkinson’s Disease, Neurosciences and the carer: implications for singing programme. ( still using disease here!) with significant and assuring contributions from  neurologist Prof George Mellick ( convinced through his research  that singing is as worthy an intervention as any drug…he was made Dean of the School of Medicine the day before!) and Prof Melissa Kendall, psychologist in the Rehab Dept of a Brisbane hospital and whose mother is a PWP and as such contributed  as a carer too). Again an interesting mix within the audience of medics, allied health professionals and arts and health practitioners. I followed Yoon with my keynote presentation for the remainder of the morning, whilst in the afternoon another presentation confirming the impact of group singing from Robin Matthews , Parkinsons Disease and community based singing therapy in Tauranga , New Zealand. A RCT with very positive outcomes which formed also the basis of his PhD. A final panel of contributions from Robin as a speech therapist, Erica Rose , dance therapist and director Dance for Parkinson’s Australia, and Robyn Lamont , Physiotherapist , presented reaffirming evidence of the efficacy of arts for PWP.  The final day started with a live radio interview on national radio, at 7.00 ,followed by a further three tv interviews! and ended with a moving celebratory concert by the three research groups, testimony to the results which had been revealed the day before .  The media coverage has been immense with news bulletins leading on the symposium and national television including coverage in their news output throughout the remainder of Saturday Feb 3. This  media interest is mirrored by the desire for Sing to Beat Parkinson’s ®to be the vehicle for a measurable impact on the lives of PWP, in Australia, New Zealand ,China,South Korea and the UK. A small,pebble thrown into the pond three years ago in Brisbane has resulted in wonderful ripples of change for these and others in the future. All three groups intend to stay together and be part of our international organisation, Sing to Beat Parkinsons! All best wishes A bientôt Grenville Here are some of the media links : ABC News – http://www.abc.net.au/news/ 2018-02-04/parkinsons-singers- trial-australian-first/9394346   Seven News – https://www.facebook.com/ 7NewsCQ/videos/ 1813877301958447/  ABC Radio National Breakfast – http://www.abc.net.au/ radionational/programs/ breakfast/2018-02-05/9396046 :


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  • Monday Music caring for others

    I am delighted to report that Monday Music contributed wonderfully to the concert that was given in St Peter’s Methodist Church on Saturday last, April 1. The concert…


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  • Monday Music in Top Choir Kent

    I am delighted that Monday Music has been invited to take part in the prestigious Top Choir Kent event to be held on April 8th in the Shirley Hall…


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  • Celebrating caring through singing

    We and our audience enjoyed a wonderful afternoon’s singing (and dancing!) on the 21st January, to celebrate the…


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  • A memorable Messiah

    We were proud to see another lovely review of the Cantata and Camerata’s Messiah. This one appeared in the KM on 12 January. Thank you to John Rose for…


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  • Skylarks heard in Chatham!

    A new singing group has been formed in Chatham with help from two Kent charities. Medway Skylarks meets in the Pilkington Building of…


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  • The ‘wow’ factor

    We were rather chuffed to receive this review of one of our Christmas concerts. Thank you, Joanna, you can come again! Handel’s Messiah: Canterbury Cantata and Camerata, Saturday 17th December,…


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  • 2016 SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED

    March 5th, 2016 The International Opera Awards are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s Awards. These were selected by the jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera…


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  • Canterbury Cantata Trust Patrons

    10th November 2015 I am delighted to announce that Canterbury Cantata Trust has as its honorary patrons The Very Reverend Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral and the highly acclaimed…


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