I watched the you tube exert and my eyes welled up. You have helped so many people and probably significantly improved their mental state. You should be really proud of what you have achieved.
Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire’s School of Life project linked with S4B, and worked with the group to include them as the opening act at our annual Celebrate Northamptonshire Concert, held at the Derngate a Theatre.
Each year we look to include inspiring and motivational performances by local community groups at our event. Singing4Breathing provided an outstanding and incredibly emotional start to our 2016 event. A standing ovation from a sell-out Derngate was testimony to that. We look forward to working with the he group and developing joint projects in the future!
School of Life Project Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire
“In my capacity as Deputy Mayor of Northampton, I was delighted recently to attend the 1st birthday of Singing 4 Breathing. This groups pioneering organisers are blazing a trail in how to deal with conditions like COPD and I hope recognition of their good work grows and Singing 4 Breathing has many more birthdays to come.”
Cllr. Gareth Eales
Deputy Mayor of Northampton
“Singing for Breathing are based at my local Community Centre and I have been thoroughly impressed with the work that they do and how quickly they have grown in such a short space of time. This is a fantastic community group”
Cllr. Mike Hallam
Councillor for Parklands & Spinney Hill
Cabinet Member for Community Safety
“Singing is an occupation that many people enjoy and there are huge mental, physical and social benefits to being in a choir. If lung capacity is improved it’s much easier to take part in daily occupations, get out of the house, meet people and do the activities you enjoy.”
Professional Practice Manager, College of Occupational Therapists
“Fantastic news. Well done for bringing something positive to a condition that is so serious. Look forward to hearing more…”
“We are delighted that the Singing Group is up and running for our patients and for others with Respiratory disease. It is already proving beneficial for many, both socially and physically….not only that they sound FAB!!
Thank you James and Angela for your passion and perseverance to get it off the ground”
All at RESTART
“What has been achieved In Northampton sets a fantastic example for the occupational therapy profession. Singing is an occupation that many people enjoy and there are huge mental and physical health benefits to being in a choir. If lung capacity is improved it’s easier to take part in daily occupations, get out of the house, meet people, and do the activities you enjoy.”
Education Officer at the College of Occupational Therapists
“Since I began to attend the Breathing for singing group I have quite surprised myself because as far as I am concerned I cannot sing a note! After 4 weeks of learning to breathe correctly (and looking silly while practising!) I am now in the makings of a small choir which is going to give a recital in front of a large audience! So far I have enjoyed the sessions with my group friends and been amazed at the progress made. As I have C.O.P.D and have difficulty breathing the classes have taught me how to open my lungs and hopefully make a better sound than I thought possible. Time will tell, but in the meantime my thanks go to you and your colleagues for the time and patience given to me and all the Easybreathers”.
Secretary for EASYBREATHERS
“I was honoured and delighted to facilitate a taster session for respiratory patients in Northampton – we had a wonderful time exploring breathing exercises and singing songs together. The session was very well attended, indicating the level of need and interest in Singing for Breathing. I am thrilled to hear that funding has been secured for further sessions, enabling patients to enjoy the many wonderful benefits of singing together.
I feel very touched to have been part of this project which has been pioneered with enthusiastic commitment wish all involved much happy singing.
Seriously fantastic – a force to be reckoned with. I expect to hear your group singing from here in London 🙂 I’m sure one day there may be a big event one day where they do all join together to sing! Congratulations!”
Singer, Musician, Facilitator & Writer
“This is fantastic James, well done and congratulations to all involved”
Employability and Enterprise Manager at University of Northampton
“The teacher has taught us how to breathe when singing. It makes you feel so happy and joyful. I never knew I could sing a tune. It’s so amazing when you think you can’t speak because you have COPD, and yet you can sing.”
“This is amazing news! Student social action at its best.”
Community Engagement Advisor at the University of Northampton
“Students training to be occupational therapists set up singing sessions to help patients with breathing difficulties in Northampton”
Chronicle and Echo
“Patients with respiratory conditions breathe more easily, thanks to singing sessions led by University of Northampton students. An amazing project delivered by Occupational Therapy students which is making a real difference to local patients”
The University of Northampton
“An inspiration to us all, I hope it will encourage more people with breathing problems to come and join us. What a privilege it is for me to sing with all these lovely people with COPD”
“Singing for breathing has not only allowed me to be part of an amazing inspiring group but has encouraged me to achieve another positive step to living with COPD. To be able
to use breathing with slightly different techniques and to be able to sing is
COPD Singer participant