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Singing is a form of musical participation and expression open to everyone. The Centre has conducted substantial research, on the benefits of singing in contributing to the quality of life and wellbeing of people with long-term health conditions

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Choir in every care home

A Choir in Every Care Home is an initiative launched in May 2015 involving 35 national organisations. The initiative is exploring how music and singing can feature regularly in the majority of UK care homes.

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Singing: Randomised Control Trial

This study was undertaken in collaboration with the University of Kent and the charity Sing for Your Life, and was based on earlier evaluations of the Silver Song Club programme delivered by Sing for Your Life.

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Singing for older people

 The Sidney De Haan centre has conducted large scale surveys of choral singers and the world’s first randomised control trial for singing and older people alongside evaluations of community singing groups for older people.

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Carers create

 Carers Create is an ongoing community arts engagement programme for carers of people with dementia, their cared-for and the wider community.

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Singing systematic mapping

This review aimed to systematically identify existing published research on singing, wellbeing and health and to map this in the forms of singing investigated, designs and methods employed, and participants involved.

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Singing & Dementia

'Singing for the Brain' was an innovative project established by the East Berkshire Alzheimer's Society, which offered people with Alzheimer's and their family carers the opportunity to meet on a weekly basis to make music and sing together.

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singing & mental health

 The Centre has undertaken two substantial project exploring at the value of group singing for mental health service users.

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military wives

 In March 2014, the Military Wives Choirs Foundation approached the Centre with a request to help them evaluate their work and the extent to which they were fulfilling their objectives as set out in the Articles of Association of the Foundation.

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Competitive singing

 The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health has evaluated the effects of competitive singing on the health and wellbeing of singers.

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singing & copd

 The Centre has produced some exciting findings relating to the impact of regular group singing for people with breathing difficulties. A study funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust was followed by a further project in Lambeth and Southwark, funded by Guy’s and Thomas’ Health Charity.

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singing for better breathing

 In 2016, following numerous requests from previous project participants and singing group members, the Sidney De Haan Research Centre designed and developed the Singing for Better Breathing Training Resource.

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singing for health

Do members of a generic singing for health group experience similar effects on health and wellbeing as those in condition-specific singing for health groups?

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musical walkabout project

Research on the arts in care homes has ranged from a large scale review of choirs in care homes to an evaluation of a specific intervention, focusing on one home.

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workplace choirs

The Centre has worked with staff from East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust to evaluate the effect of group singing on the wellbeing of NHS staff.

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