'Singing for Better Breathing' Project launched

22 April 2015

The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health has launched a new research project to take place in Lambeth and Southwark in London, continuing their ground breaking research, improving the quality of life for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Previously, the Centre’s research has shown that group singing can improve the health and wellbeing of people living with COPD, a progressive illness which affects around 800,000 people in the UK.

 'Singing for Better Breathing' Project launched

Singing for Better Breathing launch

Singing for Better Breathing , is funded by Guy’s and Thomas’ Health Charity, and aims to continue the work of bring people together to sing and improve their general wellbeing.

The launch took place at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Southbank Centre’s Chorus’ Festival. COPD singing groups from around the country were invited to sing and find out more about the project.

Professor Stephen Clift, Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre, said: “We are delighted to have launched a new community singing group in Lambeth and Southwark for people living with COPD. Our previous groups in Kent have proven to be very successful helping people with COPD to improve breathing and general wellbeing.

“Having launched the Lambeth and Southwark project, our next step will be to work with local GPs to recruit people with COPD to four singing groups in the boroughs. These will start in the late summer and run for one year. Careful monitoring will help us assess the positive impact regular singing has for people with this serious lung condition.”

The findings of a similar study, that took place in Kent, suggested that singing is beneficial to this group, not only for breathing but also in relation to general physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

For more information visit the Sidney De Haan website.

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 Centre continues its research on singing for the wellbeing and health of older people, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients and people with enduring health problems.

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