I had the privilege of watching the inspiring Grenville Hancox at work with Pimlico Skylarks on Monday! The group has been running for two years with over thirty members. The fun at the session was so uplifting. The singing was joyful and the dancing at the end made the two hours fly by.
In November I visited Parkinsongsters in Bury St Edmunds. One of the partners of one of ladies who came to the session had a birthday a few days later. When he left on his regular morning walk she opened the window and sang “Happy Birthday” to his retreating back. He turned and said it was the most beautiful thing he had ever heard. She would never have thought of doing such a thing or having the confidence to do it if she had not “found her voice” at Parkinsongsters.
Singing and Parkinson’s: 25th and 26th January 2016. 10.00 to 4.00 p.m.Snape Maltings, Recital Room, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP
This training 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 Professor Grenville Hancox, Honorary Professor in Music, Health and Well Being, University of Kent, Artistic Director, Canterbury Cantata Trust Founder, co director Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christchurch University, a leader in singing and wellbeing and Nicola Wydenbach, an experienced Parkinson’s and Singing practitioner. 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 tailored made for this client group as well as practical advice about how to set up and run a group once the course is finished.10-4 with a break for lunch. Tea and coffees will provided but not lunch. There are local sandwiches shops that provide lunch or you can bring your own. To book a place please contact Nicola Wydenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org