Sing to Beat Parkinson’s 2018

Sing-To-Beat-Parkinsons-logo-Small-cmyk-pixel-aw-e1472035667516Singing to Beat Parkinson’s: 29th and 30th January 2018 from10.00 to 4.30 p.m.

Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP



After last year’s second successful training session, Snape is delighted to be hosting another two days of training. Since last year, new Parkinson’s groups have been formed and a national network of SING TO BEAT PARKINSON’S practitioners is in the process of being fully established .


The course offers a unique and specialist opportunity for musicians and emerging artists to gain invaluable experience and a toolkit to run a Singing Group for people with Parkinson’s and their carers.


The course will be led by Grenville Hancox (Honorary Professor in Music, Health and Well Being, University of Kent; Artistic Director, Canterbury Cantata Trust Founder and expert in singing and wellbeing) and Nicola Wydenbach (an experienced Parkinson’s and Singing practitioner and Founder of the Contented Music Club).


This year the course (if there is sufficient demand) will run on two levels.

Stage 1 for new Participants

Participants will gain a greater awareness and understanding of Parkinson’s and singing. As well as gaining practical experience of working in this context, attendees will have the chance to work alongside people with Parkinson’s and their carers each afternoon. There will be practical workshops and demonstrations on how to lead warm-ups and songs and other activities that are tailor made for this client group as well as practical advice about how to set up and run a group once the course is finished.

Stage 2 for returning Participants

Any opportunity for returning participants to network, problem solve, discuss issues that have arisen from leading actual sessions, share best practice and development in a shared environment.


The course is free and runs from 10am-4.30pm with a break for lunch. Tea and coffee will provided but not lunch. There are local sandwich shops that provide lunch or you can bring your own.




Snape has kindly reserved some rooms at their Artists’ Residency in Aldeburgh.There are 12 rooms available on a first come first served basis. The cost is £40 + VAT per person per night for single occupancy and £30 + VAT pppn for double occupancy. Please indicate on booking whether you would like a room.


To book a place please either apply online at or fill in the booking form and return to Nicola Wydenbach at or 07967442935.





Update 2017

I realise that I have not written in a while. But things have been a little busy. The good news is that Pimlico Skylarks is going from strength to strength and we recently did a performance at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital! We have even been asked back next year.

Camberwell Skylarks (King’s Hospital Group) is about to start it’s second block of sessions which is great.

Also on Friday I am taking in a part in a think tank for the new Sing Up Foundation. I have been asked to talk about my work with people with Parkinson’s

Pimlico Skylarks travel to Canterbury

My wonderful Pimlico Skylarks, travelled to Canterbury to take park in Canterbury Cantata’s Anniversary concert at Kent University. It was a memorable occasion celebrating the work of this wonderful charity. Pimlico Skylarks are one of the five performing groups. CCT is a Canterbury-based charity helping people
of all ages and abilities to improve health and wellbeing through active participation in singing; CARING THROUGH SINGING! cantatatrustjan2017

Snape 23rd and 24th January

An amazing two days. Over forty community musicians, singing teachers and singing leaders, some already working with people with Parkinson’s, some keen to start came together at Snape Maltings. Not only had participants travelled from as far away as Scotland and Cornwall but also Ireland and Australia. We learnt songs, shared practice and ideas. We also launched the Sing to Beat Parkinson’s brand, an umbrella organisation for all singing groups working with PWP.aldeburgh2017

2017 – new groups old groups, training and research

2016-04-11 15.45.29I am delighted, having done one of my first workshops in Lewisham, that a new group fro Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth is starting on 21st Feb at 11.30 at the Chapel in King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London.


An exciting a new group called Medway Skylarks is starting on January . This group is a weekly singing research group and is specialising in people with neurological conditions including Parkinson’s. I am part of a great team and will be running sessions every fourth Saturday in the month.

First Session.  Saturday 14th January 2017, 1:30pm – 3pm Pilkington Building, University of Kent, North Road, Chatham Maritime, ME4 4JB


Skylarks Pimlico are back starting 9th January

Term dates are

9th Jan

16th Jan

6th Feb

20th Feb

6th March

20th March



Thamesbank Centre, Turpentine Lane, Pimlico, London, SW1V 4BD 2.30 pm

Chatham Singers

Fourth Saturday of every month starting on 28th January St Stephen’s Church Hall Maidstone Road Chatham Kent ME4 6JE 11.45.

See you there


TRAINING for Singing and Parkinson’s

2 training events Aldeburgh 23-24th January is now full! Over 35 new recruits for this wonderful work.

Space left…….

One more that still has space is the 27th February 2017 in Folkestone 6-9pm at Folkestone Academy with Grenville Hancox and myself.

September term

Skylarks Pimlico are back singing every other week


Term dates are

19th Sept

3rd Oct

17th Oct

31st Oct

14th Nov

28th Nov

12th Dec

Thamesbank Centre, Turpentine Lane, Pimlico, London, SW1V 4BD 2.30 pm


Chatham Singers

Fourth Saturday of every month starting on 23rd September St Stephen’s Church Hall Maidstone Road Chatham Kent ME4 6JE 11.45.


See you there




Move for Parkinson’s

In August, I was lucky enough to go to Dublin to visit the amazing charity


Move4Parkinson’s was established in November 2011 by Margaret Mullarney who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004. Since her diagnosis, Margaret has discovered that there is a huge range of activities that People with Parkinson’s (PWP’s) can undertake to improve their quality of life. Margaret has also recognised the huge value which PWP’s place on being able to speak with other PWP’s and to hear stories of how others have overcome similar challenges. On her journey so far, Margaret has met many others who share her passion for improving the quality of life of those with Parkinson’s and to give those people a voice.

I spent two days with Margaret and her team, visiting choirs and dance groups. So inspiring and so exciting to have made another international connection. Can’t wait to see the team again.

6th July


I was really honoured to be asked to present part of a workshop at the Langton Festival  of Music and Health alongside Grenville Hancox and his Canterbury Skylarks group.

The Festival was an extraordinary few days of music making and discussion. The Festival aims to raise awareness of the benefits of music on all aspects of well-being and engender a stronger sense of caring in our leaders of tomorrow.  The brain child of Emily Henshaw-Kidd and her team at Langton Grammar School. So innovative and forward thinking.