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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.

    National Survey on Singing and Health groups during COVID-19

    Sing to Beat Parkinson's is partnering on a new study led by The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health on the measures taken by Singing for Health Groups and Community Choirs to keep singing, despite the lockdown.
    The Sidney De Haan Centre has teamed up with Canterbury Cantata TrustLive Music Now, and the Natural Voice Network to gather information on how groups have used online platforms like Zoom to continue their work with long-term health conditions, such as COPD and Parkinson’s which render them especially vulnerable to the virus.
    Professor Grenville Hancox, Creative Director of Canterbury Cantata Trust and the Sing to Beat Parkinson’s project, said: "The collection and analysis of information associated with different approaches to delivery will inform best practice, essential for practitioners going forward in these uncertain times.”

    Musicians leading Singing for Health Groups and Community Choirs supporting the wellbeing of their members, can take part by completing the online questionnaire here.

    The surveys will run from Monday 18 May for four weeks and a report on the findings will be available by early July.

    Sing to Beat Parkinson's Online Group Support

    Sing to Beat Parkinson's Online Group Support

    Our Director of Training, Nicola Wydenbach, has created online videos for her Sing to Beat Parkinson's Skylarks groups which can be accessed on Nicola's YouTube Channel

    If you would like to take part in one of our Live weekly Zoom Groups, then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest

    Isolation Choir


    Phil Self, who runs a number of Canterbury Cantata Trust community singing groups, including Monday Music in Canterbury, has just produced the first in a number of projects designed to ensure we remain connected with our 'Singing for Health' and 'Sing to Beat Parkinson's' friends across East Kent and Medway during this difficult time.

    The Isolation Choir sing their first song ever - the traditional song 'Wild Mountain Thyme'. 54 singers and 7 instrumentalists playing 9 different instruments. Many of these singers come from singing groups across East Kent and Medway who sing for their health and well-being as well as the enjoyment they get out if it. This includes people living with Parkinson's and other neurological conditions. Please see the links below for information on more of these groups.

    To view the video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOlSklHoL7g&feature=youtu.be

    For more information about the Isolation Choir, find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theisolationchoir 

    This video also feature contributions from many professional musicians - please support as many of them as you can during these unprecedented times. Please donate to The Isolation Choir - Caring Through Singing project here: https://www.paypal.me/theisolationchoir

    The Isolation Choir - Caring Through Singing is lovingly supported by these wonderful organisations:

    CANTERBURY CANTATA TRUST http://www.canterburycantatatrust.org.uk 

    SING TO BEAT http://www.singtobeat.co.uk/

    LIVING LIVELY https://www.livinglively.org.uk/

    MUSIC 4 WELLBEING http://www.music4wellbeing.org.uk/

    Canterbury Cantata Trust

    Canterbury Cantata Trust Registered in England and Wales
    Company No. 8293466 (Limited by Guarantee)
    Registered Charity No. 1163197.

    Registered Office:
    April Cottage, Cherville Lane,
    Bramling, Canterbury,
    Kent. CT3 1LZ