Costs: 

You can come to the initial session on 11th May for a trial fee of £5 per person. Subsequent sessions will be £10, or you can pay for the remaining run of 11 sessions in advance at a discounted rate of £90. Spaces are limited, so advance booking is essential. 

 

Please note, this new group is being designed for people with no additional care needs. I am in the process of developing a second group specifically for more vulnerable people who require care support during activities, in partnership with The Beacon at Mayfair. So do please get in touch if you would like to register interest for yourself or for a loved one.

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5 frequently asked questions:

 

1 Am I going to be judged on the quality of my voice?

 

Absolutely not! Everyone is welcome, at every level of experience including people who believe they cannot sing. Gaining positive benefits from singing together is not dependent on pre-existing vocal skill levels but is a natural function of this vital form of human self expression. What is most important is a willingness to have a go and to be sensitive to others in the group who may also lack confidence.

 

2 Do I need to be able to read music?

 

No. Songs and activities will be taught by ear so we can concentrate fully in the moment - this helps people to engage more deeply and mindfully during the activity. Much of the accessible repertoire is drawn from simple songs in harmony from around the globe.

 

3 How does this differ from singing in a choir or singalong group?

 

This sort of group singing is focussed around sharing creative experiences, deepening healthy breathing and truly being in the moment. There is an emphasis on learning songs and activities new to the group - so everyone approaches the experience on the same level. There is no expectation or pressure for Breathing Space groups to sing to an audience, although members are also always welcome to check out the Natural Voice choir I facilitate at Mayfair on Thursday evenings, which does work towards performances:

https://www.strettoncommunitysingers.org.uk 

 

4 How did you get into this line of work?

 

I have a chronic health condition myself (M.E.) and originally. alongside my other creative work projects, this drew me into exploring and championing the positive effects of singing on health and wellbeing. My own history also informs my approaches to nurturing voices and to pacing activities: I place a high value on responding and tailoring the singing to participants’ confidence and individual energy levels.

 

5 Can it really make a difference?

 

Yes, there is a wealth of peer reviewed research which says it can. You can access some of this here: https://www.singingforhealthnetwork.co.uk