Sing to Beat Parkinson’s Training Snape 2019

28–29 Jan 2019 / Suffolk


Date: 28–29 Jan 2019

Cost: £100/ free to Associates of Sing to Beat (one per group)

Details: 10-6 Mon and 10-4.30 Tues

Location: Snape Maltings



Run by: Nicola Wydenbach

Contact details: Bookings - Matt Shipton -

Further information:

After last year’s third successful training session, Snape Maltings is delighted to be hosting another two days of training. Since last year, 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.

Schedule for Stage 1 (provisional)

Monday 28th January

  • 10.00 Coffee
  • 10.30 Intro and general warm-ups
  • 11.00 The research – the science behind the benefit of singing: a presentation by Dr Trish Vella Burrows, Deputy Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health
  • 12.00 Musical examples
  • 2.00 Dance workshop lead by Sarah Hope- a leading practitioner
  • 3.00 Further musical examples
  • 4.00 – 600 Open session – a chance for trainees to design their own course content

Tuesday 29th January

  • 10.00 General warm-up
  • 10.30 Session with the local Sing to Beat Parkinson’s group led by Dr. Amy Mallett and Grenville Hancox
  • 12.00 Funding and general advice for setting up your own group
  • 2.00 Sing to Beat – a presentation about the Sing to Beat network, who we are, what we do, our international partners, the associate programme and a unique opportunity to apply for bursaries for Sing to Beat groups
  • 3.00 Sharing by Stage 2 participants
  • 4.00 Closing and Q and A

Stage 2 Schedule

Stage 2 participants have the opportunity to share songs and exercises as well as troubleshoot over the two days and be involved in general warm ups, the dance workshop and the open sessions. There will also be the opportunity for Stage 2 participants to share their practice with the Stage 1 participants.

The total cost of the course is £100 (but free to Sing to Beat associates, one per singing group)..The course  runs from 10am – 6pm on Monday 28th and 10.00am – 4.30pm on Tuesday 29th January with a break for lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided but not lunch. There are local sandwich shops that provide lunch or you can bring your own.


Snape has kindly reserved some rooms at their Artists’ Residency in Aldeburgh.There are 12 rooms available on a first come first served basis. The cost is £40 + VAT per person per night for single occupancy (ie £48 per night ). If you would like to book a room please apply to Nicola Wydenbach ( This year rooms must be paid for at the time of booking.

To book a place on the course, please contact Matt Shipton –