Breathe Sing for Lung Health

Our singing group offers a supportive and sociable way for patients with respiratory conditions to experience the benefits of singing for lung health

Originally developed in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS respiratory team, Breathe Sing aims to improve lung health and help manage symptoms through physical warm-ups, vocal exercises and group singing.

Led by a trained Singing Leader, songs from around the world are specially selected to support breath control and ease symptoms of breathlessness. Warm up activities help participants with their posture, and challenge them physically as well as cognitively, but in a beneficial way.

Breathe Sing provides a fun, safe and supportive community and participants tell us that singing together has been helpful in countering some of the stress and tension that may be experienced by those with long-term respiratory problems.

Singing has really made a difference to my lung function - I feel much better after a session. The improvement is significant and long-lasting. The group sessions are really something I look forward to - singing together in a group is really good fun.
Breathe Sing Participant

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100% of participants reported a positive impact on their wellbeing

We adapted delivery to virtual sessions in 2020 during Covid-19. The online programme has flourished, as an accessible group that participants can join from home during lockdown. Breathe Sing is a place of social connection and community, helping combat isolation, especially for those living alone.

Meet four of our Breathe Sing participants in the short films below, to see what the programme means to them personally, and the impact it has had on their daily life.

Recent evaluation and feedback from patient participants showed that:

  • 100% reported a positive impact on their wellbeing.
  • 100% reported a positive impact on their connection with others.
  • 92% reported a positive impact on their sense of being cared for.
  • 83% reported a positive impact on their experience of the healthcare environment.

 

Read more about the research behind our programme.

Pre-pandemic, Breathe Sing for Lung Health was hosted at the prestigious arts venue, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. We continue to work in collaboration with Southbank Centre with our participants on projects such as Art by Post.

The singing session today was great – I truly enjoyed it. Covid-19 left me in such despair - I thought I’d have to give up singing forever, however today’s session gave me hope and boosted my confidence level.
Breathe Sing Participant

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Evaluation Report 2020

Read 'Compassionate Care in a Year of Change', a full Evaluation Report on our Performing Arts Programme at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

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