Skylarks/ Sing to Beat Parkinson's

Sing to Beat Parkinson’s groups are singing groups for people with Parkinso
n’s, and their friends. The first group (Skylarks) was founded in 2010 by Roger Clayton and Grenville Hancox to enable People with Parkinson’s to better express themselves, and to relieve some of the symptoms they experience.

The groups use techniques shown by over 10 years of research to help those with Parkinson’s or dementia to maintain or improve their psychological and physical wellbeing through taking part in regular singing activity. Many people with Parkinson’s have vocal problems, and regular singing can help to strengthen the voice.

Listen to BBC report ‘Singing in a choir brings both health and happiness (Skylarks extract from 14:30) We think that member Tony Lord’s singing of ‘Streets of London’ must be one of the most convincing demonstrations of the impact of singing for people with Parkinson’s.

Grenville says, “When we sing, it’s almost completely impossible to think about anything else – so people’s awareness is concerned purely with singing. This focus can have enormous benefits – it certainly makes me feel better!”

The sessions provide a supportive and friendly environment where people can engage in beneficial physical activity and form new friendships.

Watch a Sing to Beat Parkinson’s group in action 

Join Canterbury Sing to Beat Parkinson’s

Canterbury Skylarks has sung at local residential care homes and is involved in an inter-generational project with a local secondary school.

Where and when

Canterbury Sing to Beat Parkinson’s meets every Tuesday in term time from xxpm-xxpm at:

St Paul's Church Hall,
Church Street St Paul's, Canterbury CT1 1NH

Membership Fee

The membership fee is £2.50 per week and can be paid weekly, by cash or cheque.

Pay online

Online payments will be available from the start of 2017.

Gift Aid

You can download the Canterbury Cantata Trust gift aid declaration form by clicking this link. Please hand in the completed form at a rehearsal or post to the Trust at our contact address.

All are welcome. If a friend brings you, they’re welcome to sing too!

For more information contact Roger Clayton

 

Join Pimlico Sing to Beat Parkinson’s

The Pimlico group has been going since January 2014, and meets on alternate Mondays. Over 30 enthusiastic and hardworking singers are developing a large repertoire and a very fine sound. Some members have been so enthused by singing with others that they’ve also joined in with activities with other groups.

Where and when

Pimlico Sing to Beat Parkinson’s meets on alternate Mondays in term time from XXpm-XXpm at:

Peabody Thameslink building,

Pimlico

Membership Fee

The membership fee is £2.50 per week, and can be paid by cash or cheque.

Pay online

Online payments will be available from the start of 2017.

Gift Aid

You can download the Canterbury Cantata Trust gift aid declaration form by clicking this link. Please hand in the completed form at a rehearsal or post to the Trust at our contact address.

All are welcome. If a friend brings you, they’re welcome to sing too!

For more information contact Roger Clayton

 

Join Medway Sing to Beat Parkinson’s

Medway Sing to Beat Parkinson’s is a new group which had its first rehearsal on January 14th. Here is the pdf version of the press release.  Also copied below:

2017-02-10-ms-article-4

Where and when

Medway Sing to Beat Parkinson’s will meet at the University of Kent on the Universities at Medway campus. More information will be available soon.

Membership Fee

The membership fee is £2.50 per week and can be paid weekly, by cash or cheque.

Pay online

Online payments will be available from the start of 2017.

Gift Aid

You can download the Canterbury Cantata Trust gift aid declaration form by clicking this link. Please hand in the completed form at a rehearsal or post to the Trust at our contact address.

For more information contact Roger Clayton

Start a new Sing to Beat Parkinson’s group

Our aim is to see Sing to Beat Parkinson’s groups helping people with Parkinson’s to enjoy a better quality of life all over the UK. If there’s no group in your area, and you’d like to join one, or facilitate one, we’d love to hear from you!

To get the ball rolling, contact Roger Clayton, who’s compiling a national list of groups that use singing and music to help People with Parkinson’s. He’ll check to see if there’s already a group in your area, and if not, we’ll look into starting one!