Episode 6: Singing for Cancer Care

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Show Notes

In this episode, we are joined by Carole Miller who runes Hebridean Harmony, a singing group for people touched by cancer, and Katey Warran, a Research Fellow in Social Science at University College London (UCL) and Deputy Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Arts & Health, based at UCL.

The show is presented by Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, who is Principal Investigator of the Network.

The show is produced and edited by Sophie Boyd.

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/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaWyYKcfvlqGba_ZEoRgpfw

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

Twitter: @ScotSingHealth

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

Arts, Health, Culture and Wellbeing Scotland: https://achws.org/

Catch 23: https://www.facebook.com/WIAMH23/

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance: https://www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk/

Hebridean Harmony: https://www.facebook.com/hebrideanharmony/

Maggie Centre: https://www.maggies.org/everyones-home-cancer-care/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw0umSBhDrARIsAH7FCoe9SzZGkU7aZWaPBU9gdFPoPOy56BMfS3GNVQZUTw0oLoh_ruRAdOYaAnCYEALw_wcB

Maggie Centre Glasgow: https://www.maggies.org/our-centres/maggies-glasgow/

Tenovus Cancer Care: https://www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk/

Sing with Us: https://www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk/support-and-information/get-support/sing-with-us

Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI): https://wicci.org.uk/

WHO Training: https://www.artshealthcc.org/development

Royal Society for Public Health: https://www.rsph.org.uk/qualifications.html


Batt-Rawden, Kari, Andersen, Sarah (2020) ‘Singing has empowered, enchanted and enthralled me’-choirs for wellbeing?, Health Promotion International, 35:1, pp. 140–150, https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/day122

Fancourt DE, Warran K. (2019) ‘Singing for cancer: implications from psychoneuroimmunology’, in Heydon R., Fancourt D., Cohen A. (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing Volume III: Singing and Wellbeing, New York: Routledge.

Monika Stanczyk, Malgorzata (2011) ‘Music therapy in supportive cancer care’, Reports of Practical Oncology & Radiotherapy, 16: 5, pp. 170-172

Reagon, C. Gale, N. Dow, R. Lewis, I. van Deursen, R. (2016) ‘Choir singing and health status in people affected by cancer’, European Journal of Cancer Care, https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12568

Warran, K., Fancourt, D. and Perkins, R. (2019) ‘The experience and perceived impact of group singing for men living with cancer: A phenomenological study’, Psychology of Music, 47(6), pp. 874–889. doi: 10.1177/0305735619854526.

Warran K, Fancourt D, Wiseman T. (2019), ‘How does the process of group singing impact on people affected by cancer? A grounded theory study’, BMJ Open 9:e023261. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023261. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/1/e023261.info.

Young, Laurel (2009) ‘The potential health benefits of community-based singing groups for adults with cancer’, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 15(1). pp. 11-27.

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: Travel These Ways, sung by Hebridean Harmonies and recorded by Carole Miller. The song is written by Karine Polwart and was commissioned by Luminate. It is used with permission.