Singing for Breathing

Independent Arts is welcoming old and new faces to our weekly Singing For Breathing sessions from July 2021 at our Creative Hub in Newport, on Wednesdays from 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Please get in touch if you would like to join us.

Singing for Breathing is a social singing activity based on a recognised music therapy specifically designed to help those with a respiratory condition. It's proven to help improve breathing, movement, speech and confidence.

It can help people to improve their breathing following recovery from Covid-19.


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Background: Singing for Breathing

Independent Arts' initial phase of Singing for Breathing was delivered during 2014-15 in partnership with the Respiratory Department at St Mary's Hospital, Breatheasy and Healing Arts, and funded by My Life A Full Life. You can read the project evaluation report here.

We are grateful to the funders who have supported us since so that sessions can continue.

Singing for Breathing is based on a recognised form of therapy specifically developed for individuals with a respiratory condition. Extensive research has been carried out in this area, with flagship projects being delivered at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. 

Each session includes physical and vocal warm up activities, the vocal production of phonic sounds, singing together and relaxation strategies. 

Singing for Breathing has been demonstrated to reduce anxiety about breathing difficulty and increase confidence in self-managing everyday activity and living. Participants have described engaging in more social and valued activities and experience less difficulty breathing. SingAbout: Singing for Breathing aims to improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing of those who have been diagnosed with a respiratory condition. The intended outcome is that individuals have increased confidence to self-manage their condition.

What participants say about Singing for Breathing

  • 100% said they felt more connected to the community because of the sessions.
  • 82% said that their social network had expanded.
  • 100% said their thoughts and suggestions are valued and that they are able to contribute to the way the sessions are run.

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"It has given me a new, more enjoyable and therefore more 'doable' way to do breathing exercises and clear my lungs. My pulmonary tests improved from last time!"

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Photos above and left by Julian Winslow



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