New training events at Trinity Laban November 17th 2019 and Snape 27th and 28th January 2020. Places going fast!

SING TO BEAT PARKINSON’S TRAINING AT TRINITY LABAN ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17TH

Trinity Laban are offering community choir leaders, vocal teachers or music therapists confident in group leading the opportunity to find out more about leading singing for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Sing to Beat Parkinson’s Director of Training, Nicola Wydenbach, will be leading the training. Full details can be found at https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/take-part/for-adults/professional-development/music-professionals/sing-for-parkinsons-training

 

SING TO BEAT PARKINSON’S

TRAINING RESIDENCY FOR PRACTITIONERS

JANUARY 27TH AND 28TH 2020

Venue: Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP

 

Sing to Beat Parkinson’s invite you to join their fourth annual training residency at Snape Maltings on January 27th and 28th 2020.

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, friends and families.

The course will be led by Grenville Hancox (Honorary Professor in Music, Health and Well Being, University of Kent; Artistic Director and Founder, Sing to Beat Parkinson’s)

and Nicola Wydenbach (Director of Training at Sing to Beat Parkinson’s)

Additional specialist input will be provided by Dr Trish Vella-Burrows

The course will run on two levels:

Stage 1 for NEW participants to

  • gain a greater awareness and understanding of singing and Parkinson’s
  • work alongside people with Parkinson’s and their companions in practical workshops
  • seek advice on how to set up, fund and run a Parkinson’s singing group

Stage 2 for RETURNING Participants

  • share experiences, best practice and repertoire
  • network, problem solve, and discuss common issues

COST FOR THE TWO DAYS – £150

(a 50% discount applies if you are already running an STBP network group)

This price includes lunch on both days. Overnight accommodation is not included *

 *Limited rooms are available in Snape’s artists’ accommodation in Aldeburgh at a cost of £48 per night. These are allocated on a first come first served basis. There are also numerous accommodation options in the local vicinity.

PLEASE EMAIL MATT SHIPTON (PROGRAMME DIRECTOR)

FOR A SNAPE 2020 APPLICATION FORM

 

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At 21, I had decided to become a solicitor but somewhere in the visits to law firms and chambers, I realised that I would not have time to sing. So I thought to myself if this was a major concern, perhaps I should try singing for a living. With hardly any experience, Trinity College of Music (now Trinity Laban) gave me a chance to retrain on their undergraduate vocal course. From there I went on to complete a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music and then I was lucky enough to find myself working for organisations such as the Monteverdi Choir, English National Opera, Opera Rare and Snape. I began combining my performing with educational work having been inspired by one of my modules at Trinity. I have since developed this work into specialising with using music as an intervention for people in health settings.  I now work with people with mental health issues as well as Parkinson’s.

So in 2019, I saw an advert for a Trinity Laban offer Learning & Participation (Music) Fellowships for individual music leaders working in participatory music settings.

With the rapid expansion of the arts and health world, I was already considering taking a period of time out of my work to do some concentrated personal development. This opportunity to been on this Fellowship scheme came at the right moment.

With the support of the Fellowship, I have been able to do some concentrated research in the new developments in arts and health. I have been able to take some time to look into social prescribing and what I need to do to make sure I am ready and prepared. Social prescribing is when health professionals refer patients to support in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing. The concept has gained support in the NHS organisations of the United Kingdom as well as in Ireland and the Netherlands.

I have been to the Social Prescribing Conference https://www.socialprescribingnetwork.com/conferenceand Creative Health Conference at the Southbank https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133956-creative-health-conference-2019This has increased my knowledge and questions about the subject. I have also been invited on a number of think tanks and round table discussions with leading experts in this work.

Including at Snape https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/133956-creative-health-conference-2019. It has been particularly useful to work out problems and solutions as well as ideas with other leading professional. The arts can often be a lonely profession and this fellowship has given me a chance to add my voice in a rapidly expanding sector.

I also used part of my fellowship to take part in the AESOP institute. https://ae-sop.org/aesop-institute/Aesop isa continuing professional development programme for health and arts professionals with an interest in devising and running successful arts in health programmes.

I have taken a module of an MSC and wrote a paper on how we train leaders or practitioners to work in health care settings and what we need to consider when developing training programmes.

The Fellowship has come at the ultimate time in my career development and I would like to thank Trinity Laban for this opportunity.

https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/take-part/professional-development/music-professionals/learning-participation-music-fellowships

Sing to Beat Parkinson’s Training Course 2019

Singing to Beat Parkinson’s: 28th and 29th January 2019 (from10.00 to 6.00 p.m Monday and 10.00 to 4.30 Tuesday)

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

 

 

After last year’s third successful training session, Snape Maltings 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 groups has now been fully established (singtobeat.co.uk)

 

 

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 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.

 

Schedule for Stage 1 (provisional)

Monday 28th January 2019

10.00 Coffee

10.30 Intro and General Warm ups

11.00 The Research – the science behind the benefit of singing: a presentation by Dr Trish Vella Burrows Deputy Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health

12.00 Musical examples

2.00 Dance workshop lead by Sarah Lewis- a leading practitioner.

3.00 Further Musical examples

4.00-600 Open Session – a chance for trainees to design their own course content

 

Tuesday 29th January 2019

10.00 General Warm up

10.30 Session with the local Sing to Beat Parkinson’s group led by Dr. Amy Mallett and Grenville Hancox

12.00 Funding and general advice for setting up your own group

2.00 Sing to Beat – a presentation about the Sing to Beat network, who we are, what we do, our international partners, the associate programme and a unique opportunity to apply for bursaries for Sing to Beat groups

3.00 Sharing by Stage 2 participants

4.00 Closing and Q and A

 

Stage 2 Schedule

Stage 2 participants have the opportunity to share songs and exercises as well as trouble shoot over the two days and be involved in general warm ups, the dance workshop and the open sessions. There will also be the opportunity for Stage 2 participants to share their practice with the Stage one participants.

 

The total cost of the course is £100 (but free to Sing to Beat associates, one per singing group) and runs from 10am-6.00pm on Monday 28th and 10.00-4.30pm on Tuesday 29th January 2019 with a break for lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided but not lunch. There are local sandwich shops that provide lunch or you can bring your own.

 

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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.

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

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 https://contentedmusic.club/event/sing-to-beat-parkinsons/ or fill in the booking form and return to Nicola Wydenbach at info@contentedmusic.club 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. http://canterburycantatatrust.org.uk. 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.