STBP Training

Sing To Beat Parkinson’s have developed a training programme for group facilitators and people wanting to set up new groups. We have formed partnerships with Snape Maltings at Aldeburgh, where we hold an annual two day residency, and with Morley College in London.

Details of forthcoming events will appear on this page.


Sing to Beat Parkinson's Training Day

Morley College, London

Sunday June 16th

Details TBC


Sing to Beat FREE Introductory Training Day

Venue: Quarterhouse, Folkestone

Date: Sunday June 23rd  11am-3.30pm

Details TBC



Recent Events:  

Snape Maltings  28-29 January 2019 (STBP Training Residency)

Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP 

After last year’s third successful training session, Snape is delighted to be hosting another two days of training. Since last year, new Parkinson’s groups have been formed and a national network of Sing to Beat Parkinson's groups has now been fully established. The course 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:

Grenville Hancox (Honorary Professor in Music, Health and Well Being, University of Kent; Artistic Director, Canterbury Cantata Trust Founder and expert in singing and wellbeing)

Nicola Wydenbach (an experienced Parkinson's and Singing practitioner and Founder of the Contented Music Club)

This year the course will run on two levels.

Stage 1 for new Participants

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 tailor made for this client group as well as practical advice about how to set up and run a group once the course is finished.
Stage 2 for returning Participants
Any opportunity for returning participants to network, problem solve, discuss issues that have arisen from leading actual sessions, share best

practice and development in a shared environment.

Schedule for Stage 1 (provisional)

Monday 28th January 2019

10.00 Coffee
10.30 Intro and General Warm ups
11.00 The Research – the science behind the benefit of singing: a presentation by Dr Trish Vella Burrows Deputy Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health
12.00 Musical examples
2.00 Dance workshop lead by Sarah Hope- a leading practitioner. 3.00 Further Musical examples
4.00-6.00 Open Session – a chance for trainees to design their own course content

Tuesday 29th January 2019

10.00 General Warm up
10.30 Session with the local Sing to Beat Parkinson’s group led by Dr. Amy Mallet and Grenville Hancox
12.00 Funding and general advice for setting up your own group

2.00 Sing to Beat - a presentation about the Sing to Beat network, who we are, what we do, our international partners, the associate programme and a unique opportunity to apply for bursaries for Sing to Beat groups
3.00 Sharing by Stage 2 participants
4.00 Closing and Q and A

Stage 2 Schedule
Stage 2 participants have the opportunity to share songs and exercises as well as troubleshoot over the two days and be involved in general warm ups, the dance workshop and the open sessions. There will also be the opportunity for Stage 2 participants to share their practice with the Stage one participants.

The total cost of the course is £100 (but free to Sing to Beat associates, one per singing group) and runs from 10am-6.00pm on Monday 28th and 10am-4.30pm on Tuesday 29th January 2019 with a break for lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided but not lunch. There are local sandwich shops that provide lunch or you can bring your own.

Snape has kindly reserved some rooms at their Artists’ Residency in Aldeburgh. There are 12 rooms available on a first come first served basis. The cost is £40 + VAT per person per night for single occupancy (ie £48 per night ). If you would like to book a room please apply to Nicola Wydenbach (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This year rooms must be paid for at the time of booking.

To reserve a place on the course, please register and pay through the Paypal button below

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For Associates, please email  Matt Shipton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a place.


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