Research Reports

This section provides links to reports on academic and scientific research into singing and choirs and, more broadly, the value of community arts for health and wellbeing. There’s a wealth of useful data here, together with the kind of pithy, authoritative statements that can work well for publicity or funding applications. Many of the reports include reviews of other literature and links to relevant websites. Some also include policy recommendations and guidelines for good practice.

The Health Benefits of Singing and Community Choirs: A Brief Literature Review

Colin Brodie – Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (2013)

Sing Yourself Better: The Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Singing in a Choir

Hilary Moss, Jessica O’Donoghue and Julie Lynch – Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (2017)

Big Choral Census

Voices Now (2017)

How Children, Adults, and Communities Benefit from Choruses: The Chorus Impact Study

Chorus America (2009)

Benefits of Group Singing for Community Mental Health and Wellbeing: Survey and Literature Review

Heather Gridley et al. – Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (2011)

Music, Singing and Wellbeing in Healthy Adults: Systematic Review

Norma Daykin et al. – What Works Centre for Wellbeing (2016)

Music, Singing and Wellbeing in Adults with Diagnosed Conditions or Dementia: Policy Briefing

What Works Centre for Wellbeing (2016)

Community of Voices Study Choir Program Manual

Julene K. Johnson et al. – University of California (2018)

(Report based on a study of ‘the effect of participation in a community choir for maintaining the health and well-being of diverse older adults’.)

Well-being and Integration Through Music

The role of improvisation in a music group of refugees, asylum seekers and local community members. Online Research @ Cardiff 2019.

Singing and Health: A Systematic Mapping and Review of Non-Clinical Research

Stephen Clift et al. – Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health (2008)

Choral Singing, Wellbeing and Health: Summary of Findings from a Cross-national Survey

Stephen Clift et al. – Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health (2008)

A Choir in Every Care Home: A Review of Research on the Value of Singing for Older People

Stephen Clift, Rebekah Gilbert and Trish Vella-Burrows – Baring Foundation (2016)

Singing and Mental Health

Ian Morrison and Stephen Clift – Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health (2012)

Singing and People with Dementia

Trish Vella-Burrows – Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health (2012)

Singing and People with Parkinson’s

Trish Vella-Burrows and Grenville Hancox – Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health (2012)

Singing and People with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Ian Morrison and Stephen Clift – Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health (2012)

Reducing Breathlessness Through Group Singing: Singing for Lung Health Impact Report

Milestone Tweed (2018)

Singing for Lung Health – A Systematic Review of the Literature and Consensus Statement

Adam Lewis et al. – npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine (2016)

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report (2017)

Arts Engagement and Wellbeing: Policy Briefing

What Works Centre for Wellbeing and All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (2017)

The Role of Arts and Cultural Organisations in Health and Wellbeing: Policy Briefing

National Council of Voluntary Organisations and All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (2017)

The Value of Arts and Culture to People and Society: An Evidence Review

Andrew Mowlah et al. – Arts Council England (2014)

Towards Cultural Democracy: Promoting Cultural Capabilities for Everyone

Nick Wilson, Jonathan Gross and Anna Bull – King’s College London (2017)

Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health

Based at Canterbury Christchurch University, this well-established centre is a powerhouse for ongoing research projects with a particular focus on singing. In addition to numerous reports produced by the centre (some of which are listed above), the site also houses sets of short videos and podcasts.