Pioneering choir celebrates second birthday
Written by Steve Scoles on June 28, 2017
Singing4Breathing, a pioneering choir for people with respiratory conditions, celebrated their second birthday with a party and a performance for Northampton Mayor Gareth Eales.
Around 100 members of the choir, which is made up of people with a range of serious breathing problems such as COPD and bronchitis, sang Blackbird and Perfect Day.
James Wyatt started the group after researching the health benefits of singing while qualifying as an occupational therapist at the University of Northampton.
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He said: “Singing does absolutely fantastic for people with respiratory conditions, especially for people with COPD. The group is fantastic, amazing.”
Singing4Breathing won a Heart of the Community Award for what it has achieved in alleviating the impact of the life-limiting diseases the choir members are fighting.
The medical benefits are still being studied but the results are so good that new groups are springing up. Another is planned for Northampton and one has already started in Corby. A harmonica based offshoot is also being organised.
(Picture by Louise Smith)