Sing and Breathe Wiltshire Evaluation Report – November 2020
We are delighted to share the Nell Farrally’s 2020 Evaluation Report for Sing and Breathe Salisbury, commissioned by
Friends of Salisbury Medical Practice and Olivia McLennan for Music for Wellbeing CIC.
Sing and Breathe Wiltshire
We are delighted to continue to offer our 6-week introductory courses and weekly singing for lung health group. This was made possible though a generous grant from Wiltshire Community Foundation.
We have moved these sessions online since coronavirus descended, so everything is completely COVID-secure and safe for those with long term health conditions.
What is it?
The 6-week courses introduce people to the main concepts of singing for lung health and the reasons we do what we do in the sessions. They cover the importance of relaxation and posture, specific breathing and singing exercises, and specially chosen repertoire to support breath management. The courses are accompanied by videos and written notes.
We maintain and practise the learning afterwards in our weekly singing sessions, building and developing our breath management skills.
But what if I can’t sing?
Firstly, do not worry! Although we think everyone can sing, we know that not everyone believes this of themselves. You do not need to have sung before or be able to read music. Everything we do is inclusive and accommodates all levels of experience.
Secondly, do remember that we are learning to manage our breath better though singing, not learning how to sing.
Thirdly, you’ll actually be on mute most of the time we’re singing, so no one will hear you anyway!
What do others have to say about it?
We have worked with many people who have found a huge benefit from taking part:
“The confidence to open my mouth and hear the sound that came from it without fear of criticism. Only encouragement. In it I learnt how to breathe more fully because when you have an asthma attack you can only breathe shallowly. So you have to relearn how to.”
“The sessions have been most helpful for me , before I came to them I had trouble just walking up the stairs . Now during this lockdown I walk around my garden with very little trouble, my breathing is much better. I’ve gained some very good new friends and the singing is good fun. I would truly recommend it to anyone especially if you have a lung problem, you will be surprised how much good it will be for your health.”
Sounds good, how do I sign up? All you have to do is contact Liv McLennan, the project lead, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Think Bubble TV
The brilliant dancers and singers in the Think Bubble TV project, a TV channel for adults with learning disabilities in East London organised By Music For Wellbeing’s Kevin Plummer has now made 6 episodes.
** Wanted: Trainee community music and movement practitioner **
All the details of an exciting opportunity to work with Music For Wellbeing in the Tisbury area, Wiltshire are to be found in this job description:-
Trainee community music and movement practitioner
Music For Wellbeing’s Moving Music project is featured on That’s TV Wessex
Working musically with people with dementia: Music for Wellbeing CIC’s two days of training
Music for Wellbeing CIC are delighted to be running another two training days for people who work musically with people with dementia (or are interested in developing this aspect in their work). More details on our new training page
This project took place over 6 weeks in 2019 at an East London venue.
Adults with learning disability and their carers developed their performance skills in singing ,percussion playing and dance. A show was devised over the project and was presented to an invited audience at Stratford Circus.
The show was called The Rhythm Train and told the story of a young man’s journey on the soon to be opened Elizabeth Line. We encounters lots of musical characters on his journey.
Uke Can Do It! Old Sarum Ukulele Band
Our latest intergenerational project took place in Salisbury in partnership with Avonbourne Care Centre and Old Sarum Primary School. Building on the success of our 2017 ‘Hear My Voice, Share My Song’ community music project, we joined together again to learn the ukulele for 5 weeks.
More details on our blog
Music for Wellbeing launch Sing and Breathe Salisbury with partners
Summertime Sounds 2019 : Think Bubble presents “The Rhythm Train”
Music For Wellbeing has created the ‘Think Bubble’ performance troop who present their first show “The Rhythm Train” at Stratford Circus, East London at 3:30pm on Friday 23rd August.
It’s the culmination of these Summer Music Sounds workshops that we’ve been running since July 15th with over 40 participants. Expect glorious dances, original songs and the story of a train inspector whose working day takes many unusual turns and twists.
Many thanks for invaluable support to Flying Angel, Groundworks Culture Seeds, Barchester Charitable Foundation.
Send a message to reserve a free ticket.
Summertime Sounds 2019
After the success of last years summer music sessions in Newham, we are back!
Places are still available … it will be another wonderful day
Music for Wellbeing Training event in Salisbury – 27th June 2019
Explore the questions of planning, responding, creating and working musically with how people experience their dementia.
This one-day training will consider the skills needed to facilitate music workshops with people with dementia (including planning and reflection), working musically in a person-centred way to meet the needs of people living with dementia, songwriting and music creation, and incorporating basic technology into your workshops.
Making Music with People with Dementia – training in Salisbury
Our first sold out training day was a huge success. Well done and thank you to a wonderful group of participants.
Sing Out for Lung Health TV feature
An offshoot of the Salisbury ‘Breathless Choir’ , singing for better breathing, funded by Postcode Community Trust, in progress now for 18 months, Liv McLennan’s ‘Sing out for Lung Health’ gets much deserved recognition on That’s Salisbury TV . The project is eloquently explained by Liv herself.
Some highlights of the Music for Wellbeing “Summer Music Workshops” project 2018 at Flying Angels, Custom House, East London.
In this version of Hey Ya , Swaray sings wonderfully but can you identify the mysterious guitarist and xylophone player on the right?