Singing for breathing

Inspiring singing! Using singing to manage breathlessness and respiratory illness


We will now be meeting every Wednesday 2-4pm at New Dennistoun Parish Church until 12th December when we will stop for christmas returning on 9th January 2019.

Our group is small but growing weekly. Sophie our singing leader has taught and guided us through many new songs- some with actions. Please come along and see what happens at a session. Please bring a friend if this helps. Our regular attenders are finding the sessions fun and helpful.

Spooky Halloween session!! 

We had a Halloween themed session on 31/10/2018 singing songs about ghosts, witches, pirates and our favourites including the calypso song. Hope to see you soon.

Spreading the message of Singing for Breathing!

Sophie ran a workshop on Singing for Breathing at the Alliance and Poverty Alliance conference on self management of long term health conditions as part of challenge poverty week. Here, Sophie explained how we use singing to help people with long term respiratory illness manage their breathlessness. The conference attendees then had the opportunity to participate in some breathing exercises, singing warm-ups and they learnt one of our favourite songs, I walked to the end of the road. It was brilliant fun to get everyone up singing and dancing to show people what we do in this group and it was lovely to have two of our members come along to the conference. Singing is a great way of self managing breathlessness and it’s totally free!  Sophie will be travelling to Lochgiliphead to run a Singing for Breathing workshop at the centre for MS later this month.

First Session!

On July 4th we had our very first session! We had a brilliant turn out. On such a hot day everyone was very pleased that the hall was nice and cool and we sang summer and tropical themed songs to bring the sunshine inside with us! Everyone had a fun time dancing, swaying and stepping to the music! Doing movements like these helps people get moving and sneaks in a little bit of exercise!

We’ve started thinking about how we breathe to sing, concentrating on engaging our abdominal muscles, letting our tummies move outwards with the in-breath and feeling them pull back in as we breathe out.

The singing sound everyone made was brilliant and even those who had low expectations of what they could achieve with their singing were surprised! It was a brilliant atmosphere and a wonderful group! We’re all excited to see where it takes us!

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