Episode 3: Singing for Long Covid Support

Captioned video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfImAR5IXN4

Show Notes

On Season 2, Episode 3, we welcome Pauline Waugh, a practice nurse who co-founded the singing for breathing charity The Cheyne Gang and, Long Covid Support Scotland; Dr Keir Philip who is a clinical research fellow at Imperial College London who led on a research study on singing and Long Covid during the pandemic, and Gareth Williams, a Glasgow-based composer and song writer who has been involved as a composer in residence in Scottish Opera’s ‘Breath Cycle’ projects working with individuals with cystic fibrosis in 2014 and more recently on a project for people suffering with long covid symptoms.

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

The show’s producer and editor is Sophie Boyd.

Below, we have provided links to resources mentioned in 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

Key links

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

Long Covid Support Scotland: https://www.longcovid.scot/support

Scottish Opera’s Breath Cycle Project: https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/join-in/breath-cycle/

Scottish Opera, Breath Cycle II, The Covid Composers Songbook: https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/join-in/breath-cycle/the-covid-composers-songbook/.

Breath Cycle – Singing and Cystic Fibrosis: http://www.breathcycle.co.uk/.

NHS Your Covid Recovery: https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/.

Open Access Research

Brunjes, H. O. (2021). ENO Breathe:‘The art of medicine and the science of the arts’. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 114(5), 246-249. DOI: 10.1177/01410768211005108. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/01410768211005108.

Cahalan, R. M., Meade, C., & Mockler, S., (2022), SingStrong-A singing and breathing retraining intervention for respiratory and other common symptoms of long COVID: A pilot study. Canadian journal of respiratory therapy : CJRT = Revue canadienne de la therapie respiratoire : RCTR58, 20–27. https://doi.org/10.29390/cjrt-2021-074.

Daynes, E. (2022), Treating COVID-19-related breathlessness with novel interventions, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 10(9): 815-16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(22)00161-8.

Kim SJ, Yeo MS, Kim SY., (2023), Singing Interventions in Pulmonary Rehabilitation: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 20(2):1383. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20021383.

Owles, Harriet, Jenny Mollica, Tanja Pagnuco, Suzi Zumpe, Lucy Anderson, Thomas Hardy, Georgina Russell, Adam Lound, Michelle Maguire, Vijay Padmanaban, Harry Brunjes, Nicholas Hopkinson, Sarah Elkin (2021) European Respiratory Journal 58: PA457; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.congress-2021.PA457.

Philip, K.E.J., Owles, H., McVey, S., Pagnuco, T., Bruce, K., Brunjes, H., Banya W., Mollica, J., Adam Lound, A., Zumpe, S., Abrahams, A.M., Padmanaban, V., Hardy, T.H., Lewis, A., Lalvani, A., Elkin, S. and Hopkinson, N.P. (2022) ‘Impact of an online breathing and wellbeing programme (ENO Breathe) in people with persistent symptoms following COVID-19: a randomised controlled trial’, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 0 (in press), pp. 1 – 12. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(22)00125-4. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(22)00125-4.

Philip K, Lonergan B, Cumella A, et al., (2020), COVID-19 related concerns of people with long-term respiratory conditions: a qualitative study, BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 319, 1-10. http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/84409.

Philip KE, 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjresp-2020-000737.

Phyland D. J. (2023). Singing in and out of COVID. Respirology (Carlton, Vic.), 28(1), 17–19. https://doi.org/10.1111/resp.14424.

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: Famba Naye sung by the Dennistoun Cheyne Gang, recorded by Sophie Boyd. Famba Naye is a folk song that comes from Zimbabwe and is sung in the Shona language.  “Famba Naye” means “Stay Well, Go Well” in Shona. As the song is about parting, it is a popular song to be sung at funerals, though it can also be sung in other contexts.