New ‘Singing for Breathing’ workshop launched for local residents

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital NHS Trust

Local residents who suffer the misery of breathing problems are invited to discover a tuneful way to tackle their health issues – by singing.

This unorthodox approach to conditions such as asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is part of the Singing For Breathing initiative, pioneered by the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

Singing as a therapy has been shown to alleviate social isolation, as well as reducing breathlessness and strengthening the voice.

The new group, led by professional singer Elisa Jeffery, which meets at Bailey Hall, Christ Church, Uxbridge, marks ten years of using singing as a therapy and follows the success of a similar workshop in Harefield.

The initiative is funded by the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity and run by the hospitals’ arts team.

The Uxbridge workshop is held at Bailey Hall, Christ Church, Redford Way, Belmont Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1SZ from 2-3pm every Monday (except bank holidays).

Anyone with cardiothoracic diseases and/or experiencing breathlessness can attend: simply turn up to take part! Classes are run on a donation basis: a minimum payment of £5 per session will help the team continue the workshops.