Key information

Reading and Resources

An initial set of resources for anyone considering our training or interested in singing for lung health and singing for breathing.

Click on a box to download the resource or visit a website.

Singing for Breathing exercises

Now available as downloads from Amazon, Apple Music, Google Play and other digital channels.

Please search on your favourite store.

Find out more.

Research articles

A list of research references for singing for breathing and lung health.

PDF, 54K

Media coverage

Singing for Breathing on Radio 4’s PM in 2009.

This is a Voice

“99 exercises to train, project and harness the power of your voice”.

An accessible introduction to how the voice works from Jeremy Fisher and Gillyanne Kayes, two of the UK’s leading vocal specialists. Recommended reading for pre-training.

Available from Amazon.co.uk

Time to breathe

A Lancet article by Georgina Ferry.

“Breathing is essential, universal, and largely unconscious. It is endowed with spiritual significance in many cultures: the words for “spirit” and “breath” in many ancient languages share the same roots. Yet somehow the lungs have not acquired the cultural cachet of the heart.”

Read more on the Lancet website.

Book list

A reading list of books on singing, breathing, music therapy plus health and wellbeing.

PDF, 47K

Think piece

Phoene’s post, “Singing with one voice?”, on the London Arts in Health Forum blog considering the importance of training for singing leaders.

On London Arts in Health Forum blog

Singing for Breathing CD

The CD is now back in stock 

The CD version of the resource for patients with chronic lung conditions, as well as respiratory specialists and singing leaders. Recommended for pre-training.

Available from Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity

The Singing Hospital documentary

Alex Hyndman’s film looking at how The Singing Hospital project was developed, rehearsed and performed.

Film available on YouTube.

Inside Health

The BBC Radio 4 programme (broadcast 7th August 2019) looks at singing for breathlessness and includes an interview with the respiratory physiologist Adam Lounde.

Available from BBC.co.uk

Singing for Better Breathing Video Tuition

This resource is designed to support those wishing to improve and maintain their health through singing. It has been produced by the Sidney De Haan Research Centre, part of Canterbury Christ Church University.

Film available on YouTube.

Dance Easy: Breathe Better and Feel Good, Video Tuition

Presented by dance facilitator and respiratory public health specialist Sian Williams, the video series demonstrates a full session with a warm up, standing and seated dances, and a cool down.

Film available from Life of Breath

Finding Singing Groups in the UK

The BLF website has a searchable map that shows singing for breathing groups in the UK.

Please note: this is maintained by the BLF and groups may not have been trained by Phoene or one of our team.

Link to BLF website

The Documentary: In Perfect Harmony

A BBC World Service programme examining singing in harmony – from classical chorale to gospel, opera to death metal – and exploring its musical and emotional impact.

First broadcast on BBC World Service, December 2013.

World Music Day interview

Phoene interviewed by Emily Jeffery (BBC Radio Sussex, Edge of England podcast) for World Music Day.

 

First broadcast on BBC Radio Sussex.

The Singing Hospital

Performance by Victoria Hume and Singing for Breathing.

Royal College of Physicians, Tuesday 30th April 2019

Full performance on YouTube.

Latest research

“Group singing improves depression and life quality in patients with stable COPD: a randomized community-based trial in China.”

Available from PubMed website.

Media coverage

Mary King interviews Phoene about the natural voice on Radio 3’s “The Choir” (2013).

Latest research

Music and dance in chronic lung disease.

“Arts in Health interventions show potential to improve the quality of life of people with chronic lung disease. Listening to music, making music, and dance have accepted and established roles in the lives of people without chronic disease.”

Available from Breathe website.