Episode 3: Singing for Lung Health

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On episode 3, we welcome Jane Lewis is an experienced group facilitator and community worker and has worked within the disability movement for the last 30 years. ‘I am passionate about bringing diverse groups of people together, empowering people through singing. Jane joined the British Lung Foundation Singing for Lung Health song-leader training and mentoring programme in April 2015 and set up The Warblers, a singing group in East Lothian and Midlothian for anyone with a lung condition, a few months later. She also leads other community singing groups, including Protest in Harmony, Edinburgh’s radical street choir and the Portobello Community Choir.

Caro Overy is a singing leader who lives and works in Edinburgh. Caro leads the Leith group of The Cheyne Gang, a choir for people with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and other respiratory conditions.

The show is presented by Sophie Boyd, who is a singing for health practitioner with the Dennistoun Cheyne Gang, is the Research Assistant of the Network, and the show’s producer and editor.

Below, we have provided links to resources mentioned on the episode.

More details about the Network

Website: https://portal.rcs.ac.uk/scotland-singing-for-health-network/

Get in touch: singing-for-health@rcs.ac.uk

Twitter: @ScotSingHealth

Singing Groups and Organisations supporting Singing for Health mentioned in the episode:

British Lung Foundation: https://www.blf.org.uk/

British Lung Foundation information on singing: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/singing-for-lung-health

Dennistoun Cheyne Gang: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/arts-music-and-cultural-venues/blog/singing-for-breathing#:~:text=Singing%20for%20breathing%20is%20a,manage%20their%20breathlessness%20through%20singing.

Natural Voice Network: https://naturalvoice.net/.

The Cheyne Gang: https://www.thecheynegang.com/

The Cheyne Gang home exercises: https://www.thecheynegang.com/homeexercises

The Warblers: https://www.warblers.org.uk/ / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Warblers-1762536393978876/.

The Warblers story of change: https://www.warblers.org.uk/stories-of-change/

News stories

Lynsey Haddon, (ND), The Warblers singing for lung health, The National Lottery Community Fund blog -Scotland, https://bigblogscotland.org.uk/2021/11/30/the-warblers-singing-for-lung-health/ 


2018 (updated 2019). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in over 16s: diagnosis and management. NICE guideline [NG115]. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng115.

Kaasgaard, Mette, Rasmussen, Daniel Bech, Andreasson, Karen Hjerrild, Hilberg, Ole, Løkke, Anders, Vuust, Peter, Bodtger, Uffe, (2021). Use of Singing for Lung Health as an alternative training modality within pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD: an RCT. European Respiratory Journal, 2101142; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.01142-2021. https://erj.ersjournals.com/content/early/2021/09/29/13993003.01142-2021.

Lewis A., Cave P., Stern M., Welch L., Taylor K., Russell J., Doyle A.M., Russell A.M., McKee H., Clift S., Bott J., Hopkinson N.S., (2016). Singing for Lung Health-a systematic review of the literature and consensus statement. NPJ Prim Care Respir Med. 1(26):16080. doi: 10.1038/npjpcrm.2016.80.

Lewis A, Cave P, Hopkinson N.S., (2017). Singing for Lung Health: a qualitative assessment of a British Lung Foundation programme for group leaders. BMJ Open Respiratory Research 4:e000216. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2017-000216. https://bmjopenrespres.bmj.com/content/4/1/e000216.

Lewis, Adam, Cave, Phoene and Hopkinson, Nicholas S., (2018). Singing for Lung Health: Evaluation of the British Lung Foundation programme. European Respiratory Journal 52: Suppl. 62, PA1454. https://erj.ersjournals.com/content/52/suppl_62/PA1454.

Philip K.E., Lewis A., Jeffery E., et al., (2020), Moving singing for lung health online in response to COVID-19: experience from a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open Respiratory Research 7:e000737. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2020-000737. https://bmjopenrespres.bmj.com/content/7/1/e000737.

Lewis A, Philip KEJ, Lound A, Cave P, Russell J, Hopkinson NS. (2021). The physiology of singing and implications for ‘Singing for Lung Health’ as a therapy for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. BMJ Open Respir Res. 8:1:e000996. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2021-000996. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34764199/.

Yoeli, Heather, Durant, Sharon, McLusky, Sarah, and Macnaughton, Jane, (2021), “We’re all in the same boat”: How participatory songwriting might enhance Singing for Breathing’s psychosocial benefits, Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 12:2, pp. 125–44, https://doi.org/10.1386/jaah_00060_1

Other work mentioned:

Bennett, Bija, (2015). Breathing Into Life: Recovering Wholeness Through Body, Mind & Breath: Recovering Wholeness Through Body, Mind & Breath. BalboaPress; Revised edition.

Music featured in the episode:

Intro music: Free Over the Fields (ID 1622) by Lobo Loco (licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License)

Outro music: Doon in the Wee Room with words rewritten by the Dennistoun Cheyne Gang in 2019, inspired by an original Glaswegian folk song by Daniel McLaughlin. The group shaped this song around their experiences of singing for breathing as part of Sophie Boyd’s PhD research. Recording by Sophie Boyd.