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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.

    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.



    Sing to Beat Parkinson's Training at Trinity Laban Sunday 17th November

    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

    Demystifying Dementia

    Demystifying dementia - reflections on BBC's Our Dementia Choir by Professor Grenville Hancox, MBE 

    It's a great help to a cause when a celebrity chips in and validates, supports, authenticates the work that countless other practitioners are engaged with on a weekly basis. It's great that the programme direction draws attention to the power of music, especially singing , identifies cutting edge research which confirms that we are 'hard wired ' to sing and promulgates the possibility of singing in a group as an intervention, a respite, a liberation from the trauma of dementia and other neurological disorder.

    However  I felt  uncomfortable with the title and with some of the content. Choirs can be problematic! They can be tainted by selection, and feel or appear. exclusive. This surely can't apply to a choir for people with Dementia....? well yes. The  second episode included auditions for solos for The Performance and subsequent rejection for some. Very uncomfortable and a long way from the myriad of organisations who on a weekly basis offer singing in a group as an intervention, a respite, a liberation from the conditions that blight their members lives. 

    A great need was identified by the programme, its leading personality and its direction highlighted the emotional engagement between us all. It confirmed that singing groups meeting without performance in mind but with hope in sight need to be prescribed...singing on prescription. Not concerned with televisual impact, just for life changing  experiences. Some choirs choose to audition and select....singing groups for People with dementia have No need.

    Organisations that offer such opportunities for people with conditions such as Dementia, Parkinson's, COPD can be found in The Sing to Beat network at www.singtobeat.co.uk......working for Singing on Prescription


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