Singing and Mental Health

I was recently forwarded this very interesting document from the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health. It’s by Ian Morrison and Stephen Clift and is called Singing and Mental Health.

From the introduction.

This guide provides an overview of the evidence that group singing can be beneficial for mental health and wellbeing. We are not concerned with specialised music therapy as a clinical intervention. Such work is undertaken by a suitably qualified and registered music therapist in appropriate clinical settings. Hospital settings are not specifically addressed here. Singing groups can be run in hospital settings of course, but they would require collaboration with hospital staff, and attendance may be variable due to participants’ health reasons.

Our concern is to offer information and guidance on setting up singing groups for people living in the community who have experience of a diagnosed mental health condition. These include common conditions such as clinical depression or anxiety, and a wide range of other issues including obsessive-compulsive disorders, psychological addictions, self-harming behaviour and psychosis. Such singing groups may also seek to involve family, friends and carers of people with mental health issues.

The guide draws upon the experience of mental health service users in a number of well-established community singing for mental health groups as well as musicians and music therapists with considerable experience of running such groups. It draws especially upon the experience of musicians and health researchers in the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health in establishing and evaluating a network of singing groups for mental health service users and their supporters, which began in September 2009.

Download Singing and Mental Health (pdf)

Gareth Malone’s forming a new Youth Choir

Great opportunity to join a new Gareth Malone Youth Choir! Closing date 26th April…

Text from website
Join Gareth Malone as he plans to create a new British youth choir “as you’ve never heard before”. The music-maestro is launching a UK-wide search for accomplished singers aged 18-25, and has issued a call to arms to the nation’s young talent. Malone said: “My mission is to create a ground-breaking choir – celebrating the amazing talent in our country – and initiate a new choral style that is fresh, modern and utterly unique. Our aim will be to inspire a whole generation. Regardless of background, if you have the voice and the vision, I want you.”

To apply for a chance to be a part of this exciting project, simply submit an MP3 or video of yourself using the form below. Please sing a contemporary song of your choice. If successful, you will be alerted by Friday 26th April. Auditions will be held on Wednesday 1st May and Thursday 2nd May. Please only apply if you can attend one of these days. If you have any problems submitting your application, please contact [email protected].

The Scotland Sings logo just got sunnier!

As summer has nearly arrived we thought we would update our logo to make you smile! As you can see it’s a sunflower! You’ll notice at the top of the page that there is not a cloud in the sky which we hope will act as an omen for June 22nd our next public performance date.

If you have an event or a concert you would like Scotland Sings to list why not tell us about it by filling in our event form? We’ll even send you free posters so you can publicise your event!

Speak soon, Simon

Add your own event to Scotland Sings!

Do you have an event you would like to be include in the Scotland Sings ‘What’s On’ guide? You can submit your event here and we will upload it to our guide. Let us help you promote what you are doing. Everyone should know about all your good work! Just click on the link below and we’ll add it to our ‘What’s On’ Guide in the next few days.