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    Sing to Beat Parkinson's

Welcome to Sing to Beat Parkinson's

Sing to Beat Parkinson’s (STBP), a network of singing groups for people with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions, was launched in January 2018 by Canterbury Cantata Trust. STBP was founded by our Artistic Director, Professor Grenville Hancox, MBE, who brings many years of experience in both practice and research in the field of music and health; and by our President, Roger Clayton, a former colleague of Grenville’s. The story behind the journey towards STBP can be found here.

STBP has a growing number of groups across the UK and the model has been adopted internationally. We have developed a training programme in association with Snape Maltings at Aldeburgh, and Morley College in London, and in November 2018, we will be running our first training event in the North of England, at the University of Derby. STBP has adopted a ‘caring through singing’ ethos, and models a high energy approach to facilitation with its team of skilled practitioners.

STBP groups have also taken part in an exciting piece of international research, more details of which can be found on our Research page.

What People Say About Us

  • An Enormous Triumph

    My Mum was diagnosed with Parkinson's eight years ago and suffers from acute anxiety, especially in public situations. To say the singing group was a triumph would be an ENORMOUS understatement. It was the first time she has felt comfortable enough to stay for an entire group event in a very long time. She was literally buzzing on the way home, as was I.

  • A Huge Boost

    Skylarks has made a lot of difference to my mental health; it has not been a good day today, with a lot of shaking, but I have cheered up enormously at the thought of singing with Skylarks. My husband says I sometimes get hyper after a singing session.

  • So Welcoming!

    I’ve found it great to be singing the songs to myself and on a high. Singing strengthens my voice as well, so the more I sing the better. I am so glad that I have found this group. I came here on my own and was welcomed at once.

  • Engaging and Fun

    It was quite incredible that John came out of hospital on the same day, could hardly move at the outset but was totally engaged in the singing, insisted on exercising with his wheel chair in the break and led the hand jiving in Five Foot Two!


    Our Latest News

    Keep up to date with all of the latest news from Canterbury Cantata Trust by tuning into our blog. Keep an eye out for information about upcoming training events and new information about our groups.

    Coronavirus Update

    Canterbury Cantata Trust  has  been closely following news and information around the Coronavirus outbreak and we wanted to let you know how we are responding to the changing situation. 

    Following advice from the Government and NHS with regard to the risk to older members of society through the spread of this virus, we will suspend all our activities with immediate effect until it is appropriate and safe to meet together again.

    Thus from Monday March 16th and until further notice, Canterbury Monday Music, Folkestone Monday Music, Amici Chorus, Canterbury Skylarks and Cantata choir will not meet.


    International study on Singing and Parkinson’s published

    A groundbreaking new international study on Singing and Parkinson’s has found that group singing enhances quality of life and mental health in older people. This paper explored whether there are differences in the effects of group singing intervention on people with Parkinson’s (PwPs) in Australia, UK and South Korea.

    Grenville Hancox, Artistic Director and Founder of Sing to Beat Parkinson’s and Trish Vella-Burrows, Director of Research were both co-authors of this paper.

    The paper is open-access and freely available to view here

    Grenville Hancox to give lecture at Salzburg University

    Grenville Hancox, Artistic Director and Founder of Sing to Beat Parkinson's has been invited to demonstrate the power of singing as an intervention for people with Parkinson's at the University of Salzburg on November 14th. 

    Prior to the development of language, early man relied on the modulation of sound to communicate, to express emotions, and to respond to the natural and imagined worlds beyond his own. The long evolutionary process of man using modulated sound is of far greater significance than the flowering of Western European art music to the maintenance and development of wellbeing. 

    The modulation of sound, i.e. singing, served as a means for survival. Yet throughout history, singing has become exclusive rather than inclusive, moving from the centre to the periphery of our existence. In advocating group singing as an intervention for the improvement of health and wellbeing, Grenville Hancox will call upon historical description, contemporary research, and his own work along with that of his colleagues, all promoting the social prescription of group singing. The lecture will be illustrated and may involve you singing together.



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