05 October 2011
The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Music, Arts and Health will host the first workshop in a four-part Autumn seminar series on Tuesday 11 October.
One of the singing groups taking part in Sidney De Haan Research
Taking place at University Centre Folkestone, the four workshops and discussions will explore the phenomenon of singing and its connections to wellbeing and health.
Opening the series on Tuesday 11 October, ‘Exploring the natural voice’ will approach themes of vocal release and vocal expressivity and will be led by Frankie Armstrong, Founder of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network.
The Research Centre is part of Canterbury Christ Church University and is committed to researching the potential value of music, and other participative arts activities, in the promotion of wellbeing and health of individuals and communities.
Other sessions in the series include: ‘Amusia and Singing: Are some people incapable of singing in tune?’, ‘The Work of the ‘Singing Hospitals’ network’, and ‘Belt, Creak and Sob!’: Genre and technique in singing. The workshops and discussions are free to attend, but booking in advance is requested.
The seminars will comprise presentations from various researchers in the field, including Diana Omigie, Goldsmiths College, Music, Mind and Brain Group, Norbert Hermanns, Music Therapist, Cologne University Hospital/Cologne Opera Chorus and Juliet Russell, Director, Sense of Sound.
The first workshop in the series will take place on Tuesday 11 October, 5.30pm – 7pm. All sessions take place at University Centre Folkestone. Sessions follow on Tuesday 1 November, Tuesday 22 November and Tuesday 6 December, starting at 5.30pm until 7pm.
To book your place, please contact Matthew Shipton on 01303 220 870 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Sidney De Haan Research Centre, visit http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/Research/Centres/SDHR/Home.aspx.
Notes to Editor
Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Music, Arts and Health
- The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Music, Arts and Health is internationally recognised for its commitment to researching the potential value of music, and other participative arts activities, in the promotion of wellbeing and health of individuals and communities.
- The Folkestone based Centre has recently completed a systematic review of research on singing and health, conducted a cross-national survey of choral singers in Australia, England and Germany, and undertaken a formative evaluation of the 'Silver Song Club Project' run by Sing For Your Life Ltd.
- Currently, the Centre is undertaking further research on singing for the wellbeing and health of older people, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients and people with enduring health problems.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- In 2010 the Faculty of Education received 'outstanding' grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University's primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
- 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.