Singing for health network
Bridging research and practice and supporting the singing for health movement
LAUNCH OF A UK SINGING FOR HEALTH NETWORK

Hello and welcome to the Singing for Health Network. This website will be growing over the coming weeks in the countdown to the launch of the Network later in 2020.

The primary aim of the Network is to bridge research and practice and provide a platform for sharing between practitioners and researchers. The Singing for Health Network will be a membership network for anyone interested or involved in Singing for Health.

This Network is not seeking to replicate, but to build on existing resources and provide a useful platform for practitioners and researchers and anyone interesting in Singing for Health. The aim is to support those researching Singing for Health with promoting their work and to support new and emerging voices as well as established researchers/practitioners. Membership to the network will open to those working in or interested in Singing for Health (in the UK, mainly).

Partners so far include Dr Stephen Clift (previously of Sidney De Haan and now York St John University), University College London, Sing for Pleasure, Britten Pears Arts and Sing to Beat Parkinson’s and Music for Dementia.

We are delighted to be supported by Dr Daisy Fancourt from University College London, who will be sharing some of her research in Singing for Health on this new resource.

We have consulted with practitioners and researchers in Cornwall and beyond in the aims for the Network and the feedback so far has been very positive. The draft aims have been developed with practitioners and researchers.

The Core Team

Baz Chapman (Network Manager)

Baz Chapman is an arts and education consultant, programme manager and facilitator. He was previously Programme Director for Sing Up, the Government’s National Singing Programme for Primary Schools, and Regional Director for Teaching Leaders. He is co-founder and General Manager of the National Teachers’ Choir, and other current roles include Events Development Manager for Sing for Pleasure, Coordinator of the Artslink programme for Children in Care, and choral arranger for The People’s Orchestra and Show Choir.

Emily Foulkes (Artistic and Content Manager)

Emily is the Director of Cymaz Music, a music charity in Cornwall, which delivers programmes using music as a tool to promote well-being and support learning.

Her specialism is Singing for Health and Well-being and her work as a practitioner/researcher has resulted in securing funding to work as a Singing for Health practitioner in both Primary and Acute Care in Cornwall. Emily is a Trauma and Mental Health practitioner and Trainer, offering training and workshops in a variety of settings.

In recent years Emily has been completing postgraduate study in the subject of Singing for Health and Well-being and has made links with others working in this field. Discussions with colleagues led to the identification of a gap which we believe a Singing for Health Network can support.

Dr Jo Erwin (Research & Evaluation Manager)

Jo has a background in public health, is a researcher in musculoskeletal health at Royal Cornwall Hospital and is the evaluator and researcher for our Singing Clinic programme in Cornwall. Jo is an avid singer in a few different choirs and singing groups in Cornwall and advocates for the power of singing to promote health and well-being.

Please get in touch if you would like to become a partner or would like to discuss contributing content to the website. We are seeking case studies from a range of Singing for Health projects across the UK, from a variety of perspectives.

emily@cymazmusic.org.uk