Key information

Reading and Resources

A 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.

Long COVID Speech and Language Therapists

The role of speech and language therapists in the management of patients in the acute and long term phase of COVID-19.

Available on YouTube

This Is A Voice podcast

Phoene chats with Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher about singing, lung health and COVID.

Available on all podcast platforms or via thisisavoice.buzzsprout.com

Sing and Breathe Project Evaluation

Recording of the evaluation launch from January 2021.

Video available on YouTube.

Cardio-Respiratory Rehab webinar

Phoene presenting to an audience of respriatory physiotherapists on the Cardio-Respiratory Rehab webinar run by Rachael Moses.

Originally live streamed on 21 November 2020, available on YouTube
(note the link takes you to the start of Phoene’s session).

Singing for Lung Health groups online and open to all

A list of Singing for Lung Health groups online and open to all (updated 14/12/2020)

PDF, 85K

Singing for Breathing exercises

Now available as downloads.

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

Discussion

Discussion between Dr Daisy Fancourt and Phoene Cave for Sing Up’s 2017 Q&A.

Available on YouTube.

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

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.

Breathing Pattern Disorder and implications in Long COVID

AHP Leader discussion of the definition and diagnosis of breathing pattern disorder (BPD) and Long COVID.

Available on YouTube

“Singing and Long-COVID…”

Dr. Rachel Goldenberg’s blog post reflecting how to develop best practice.

Article on rachelbgoldenberg.com

Breathe DANCE film

A piece about optimal breathing and the relationship between breathing and movement.

Video available on YouTube.

Breathe Sing for Lung Health – Meet Santa

The impact of Breathe Sing on Santa’s daily life and what it means to her.

Video available on YouTube.

My Voice Lifts My Soul

Film about a project providing a creative and social environment through which to explore lung health, music and singing. Supported by Warwickshire County Council’s Creative Care Commission programme.

Video available on YouTube.

Singing for Breathing CD


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

Fatigue and Breathlessness in Long COVID

Discussion of the symptoms of fatigue, breathlessness, breathing pattern symptoms and post exertional fatigue in those living with Long COVID.

Available on YouTube

The Long COVID Physio podcast

A podcast where health professionals share stories of living with Long COVID.

The six healing sounds of Liuzijue Qigong

Video featuring Dr Jun Wang demonstrating a number of similarities between sound and movement in singing for lung health and Qigong.

There are also a number of protocols being developed by researchers – for example, “Effect of Liuzijue Qigong on patients with COPD” (available from US National Center for Biotechnology Information)

“We need to do more to understand chronic vocal symptoms of covid-19”

Ashish Chaudhry, Jeannie McGinnis and Amali Lokugamage’s blog post about the chronic vocal symptoms of Covid-19.

Article on BMJ blog.

Breathe Sing for Lung Health – Meet Andy

Andy’s story, a fourth Breathe Sing film.

Video available on YouTube.

Breathe Sing for Lung Health – Meet Maria

Maria’s story about how Breathe Sing has become a place of social connection.

Video available on YouTube.

Breathe Sing for Lung Health – Meet Alan

A short film about Alan and the impact of Breathe Sing’s programme on his life.

Video available on YouTube.

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.

Home exercises

A series of home exercises produced by The Cheyne Gang.

Available from www.thecheynegang.com

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.