Aldeburgh Training

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On Monday and Tuesday, this week,┬áProfessor Grenville Hancox and myself ran two days of training for professional musicians at Aldeburgh Music, who are interested in running Singing for Parkinson’s groups. We had over twenty five musicians, plus in the afternoon over ten people with Parkinson’s and their carers. It was two days filled full of music, fun and inspiration. Thank you to Phillipa Reive and her team at Aldeburgh for their generosity and support. We have been asked back next year and cannot wait.

Pimlico Skylarks

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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.

Why this work is so important

In November I visited Parkinsongsters in Bury St Edmunds. One of the partners of one of ladies who came to the session had a ┬ábirthday 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: Training for Musicians

Singing and Parkinson’s: 25th and 26th January 2016. 10.00 to 4.00 p.m.Snape Maltings, Recital Room, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP

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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 nicolawydenbach@yahoo.co.uk

An exciting few days

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I had the absolute pleasure speak at the Association of Teachers of Singing’s annual conference at St. Paul’s Girls’ School. I gave a speech about how important Singing and Parkinson’s is as well as the need to train the next generation of leaders and facilitators.

On Monday, I travelled to Bury St Edmonds to the new Parkinsongsters group. It has been established by the inspirational Patricia Cole, who came to my Aldeburgh Residency in February 2015 and has now set up her own group. This was only the second session and there were over twenty people already! A great, no a fantastic start!!!