Sing to Beat Parkinson's
Sing to Beat Parkinson’s groups are singing groups for people with Parkinson’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.
Join Canterbury Skylarks
Canterbury Skylarks has sung at local residential care homes and is involved in an inter-generational project with a local secondary school. All are welcome. If a friend brings you, they’re welcome to sing too!
For more information about Sing to Beat Parkinson’s, please visit our website:
Where and when
Canterbury Sing to Beat Parkinson’s meets on Tuesdays in term time from 1:45pm-3:45pm. The dates for Autumn 2019 are as follows: September 17th, October 1st, 15th and 29th, November 12th and 26th and December 10th, with Carol service on Thursday December 19th at:
The Tong Centre
Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys
If people head for main reception, which is clearly marked, they will be directed to the Tong Centre, which is only a few yards from reception. There is disabled access and parking.
If you would like to get in touch regarding Canterbury Skylarks, please contact Lucy Markes by sending her an email below:
The membership fee is £3 per week and can be paid weekly, by cash or cheque.
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.