Sing to Beat Parkinson’s Training for Musicians

16 Jun 2019 / Greater London


Date: 16 Jun 2019

Cost: £50

Details: 10.00am - 4.30pm

Location: Morley College 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT



Run by: Nicola Wydenbach

Further information:


Funding available for brand new or just starting groups.  You might be eligible if you have been on a Sing to Beat training course 2019 (Snape, Morley). Subject to application and criteria.


Apply for a place at in order to be considered for the funding.

If you have already been to Snape 2019 and feel that you are eligible please apply to

After last year’s successful training session, Sing to Beat Parkinson’s is delighted to be hosting another day of training. Since last year, many new Parkinson’s groups have been formed and a national network of SING TO BEAT PARKINSON’S groups has now been fully established (

The course offers a unique and specialist opportunity for musicians and emerging artists to gain invaluable experience and a toolkit to run a Singing Group for people with Parkinson’s and their carers.

The course will be led by Grenville Hancox (Honorary Professor in Music, Health and Well Being, University of Kent; Artistic Director, Canterbury Cantata Trust Founder and expert in singing and wellbeing) and Nicola Wydenbach (an experienced Parkinson’s and Singing practitioner and Founder of the Contented Music Club).

This year the course will run on two levels.

Stage 1 for new Participants

Participants will gain a greater awareness and understanding of Parkinson’s and singing. As well as gaining practical experience of working in this context, attendees will have the chance to work alongside people with Parkinson’s and their carers each afternoon. There will be practical workshops and demonstrations on how to lead warm-ups and songs and other activities that are tailor made for this client group as well as practical advice about how to set up and run a group once the course is finished.

Stage 2 for returning Participants

Any opportunity for returning participants to network, problem solve, discuss issues that have arisen from leading actual sessions, share best practice and development in a shared environment.

Provisional schedule:

  • 10.15 Coffee and welcome
  • 10.15-10.45 Intros and Warm ups

Stage 1

  • 10.45-11.30 The science: What is Parkinson’s?
  • 11.30-11.45 COFFEE
  • 11.45-12.30 Practical demonstrations: Songs and suitable exercises .
  • 12.30-12.45 Sing to Beat and introduction of new funding and opportunities
  • 12.45-1.45 LUNCH
  • 1.45-2.30 A session with Pimlico Skylarks, a local singing group for people with Parkinson’s.
  • 2.30-3.00 Advice about funding and setting up a new group
  • 3.00-3.45 Breakout sessions with Stage 2 participants, sharing repertoire and ideas.
  • 3.45-4.00 Q and A

Stage 2

  • 10.45-11.30 Stage 2 Catch up: tell us about the successes and issues in your group.
  • 11.30-1145 Coffee
  • 11.45-12.30 Presentation about the latest research into singing and Parkinson’s
  • 12.30-12.45 Sing to Beat and introduction of new funding and opportunities
  • 12.45-1.45 LUNCH
  • 1.45-2.30 Sharing and devising own repertoire
  • 2.30-3.00 Trouble shooting and discussion with participants from Pimlico Skylarks
  • 3.00-3.45 Breakout sessions with Stage 1 participants, teaching devised repertoire.
  • 3.45- 4.00 Q and A

Tea and coffee will be provided but not lunch. There are local sandwich shops that provide lunch or you can bring your own.

Please book a place at

For queries, please contact Programme Director Matt Shipton –