Amici rehearsal Grenville’s trip to Brisbane and STBP

Cari Amici Feb 14

Cari Amici,

Sing to Beat Parkinson's

Very much looking forward to the resumption of rehearsals together next week Wednesday 21 st February when we will rehearse And with his stripes, and Amen , revising choruses learned so far and visiting Brahms Requiem too!

Please do come and hear highly acclaimed pianist Clare Hammond who will play at St Gregory's on Sunday 18 th 15.00 . The  programme like her playing is scintillating;

  • Haydn · Fantasia in C major, Hob XVII: 4 
  • Chin · Études Nos. 4-6 
  • Schubert · 4 Impromptus, D. 899 
  • Beethoven · Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Scriabin · Sonate-Fantasie No. 2, Op. 19 
  • Stravinsky · Petroushka Suite 

(Amongst so many achievements and extraordinary collaborations musically Clare was the the younger version of Maggie Smith’s character, ‘Miss Shepherd’, in the Alan Bennett film adaptation, The Lady in the Van, directed by Nick Hytner.)  A feat of a programme on your doorstep with tickets at the door, free parking, and no need to catch a train to hear world class playing!

Brisbane and STBP

My trip to Brisbane to contribute as key note speaker and conductor for the final Sing to Beat Parkinson' s concert was very rewarding. The symposium held over three days in the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University , was both  to examine and promulgate the results of a six month research programme using group singing with seventy eight people with Parkinson's ( PWP) none of whom had sung before in a choral group. The weekly programme of singing activities ,held in three different locations and facilitated by three choral leaders similarly fresh to the experience of working with PWP, was devised by Dr Yoon Irons whom I met three years ago in Brisbane and who came to our Aldeburgh training in 2017. The rigorous protocol utilised shared resources, identical time allocation, weekly 'homework' for the participants and a variety of recording methods to capture some of the activities en route.

At the end of the six month period standard assessment tools were used to measure the impact of the group singing, ( pdq 39, DASS etc) producing a huge amount of data which was analysed by Dr Irons and Prof Don Stewart, professor of public health at Griffith .

The results are quite wonderful ( both with regard to the trial and by implication)  with improvements shown in each of the areas measured with only one exception.The main outcome is that singing reduced stigma, in which was noticed the biggest improvement compared with other aspects of quality of life measures. Singing in groups also improved emotional wellbeing, social support and reduced depression, anxiety and stress levels. In all these improvements, Yoon Irons and Don Stewart detected a statistical significance and whilst  ' clinically' speaking, it is probably a  'small' improvement any improvement must be welcomed in a condition associated with gradual deterioration. Additionally all the participants were interviewed and this  data demonstrated quite amazing achievements during the six month period.

Yoon presented all the results as part of the first days research and delivery team seminar in great detail with sub section analysis of the data. She then made the 'public ' presentation on Friday to a wider audience which included speech therapists, voice and speech pathologists, a consultant gerontologist and others including some members of the three singing groups. 

Her presentation was prefaced by a panel discussion ,Parkinson's Disease, Neurosciences and the carer: implications for singing programme. ( still using disease here!) with significant and assuring contributions from  neurologist Prof George Mellick ( convinced through his research  that singing is as worthy an intervention as any drug...he was made Dean of the School of Medicine the day before!) and Prof Melissa Kendall, psychologist in the Rehab Dept of a Brisbane hospital and whose mother is a PWP and as such contributed  as a carer too).

Again an interesting mix within the audience of medics, allied health professionals and arts and health practitioners.

I followed Yoon with my keynote presentation for the remainder of the morning, whilst in the afternoon another presentation confirming the impact of group singing from Robin Matthews , Parkinsons Disease and community based singing therapy in Tauranga , New Zealand. A RCT with very positive outcomes which formed also the basis of his PhD.

A final panel of contributions from Robin as a speech therapist, Erica Rose , dance therapist and director Dance for Parkinson's Australia, and Robyn Lamont , Physiotherapist , presented reaffirming evidence of the efficacy of arts for PWP. 

The final day started with a live radio interview on national radio, at 7.00 ,followed by a further three tv interviews! and ended with a moving celebratory concert by the three research groups, testimony to the results which had been revealed the day before .  The media coverage has been immense with news bulletins leading on the symposium and national television including coverage in their news output throughout the remainder of Saturday Feb 3. This  media interest is mirrored by the desire for Sing to Beat Parkinson's ®to be the vehicle for a measurable impact on the lives of PWP, in Australia, New Zealand ,China,South Korea and the UK.

A small,pebble thrown into the pond three years ago in Brisbane has resulted in wonderful ripples of change for these and others in the future. All three groups intend to stay together and be part of our international organisation, Sing to Beat Parkinsons!

All best wishes

A bientôt

Grenville

Here are some of the media links :

ABC News - http://www.abc.net.au/news/ 2018-02-04/parkinsons-singers- trial-australian-first/9394346  

Seven News - https://www.facebook.com/ 7NewsCQ/videos/ 1813877301958447/ 

ABC Radio National Breakfast - http://www.abc.net.au/ radionational/programs/ breakfast/2018-02-05/9396046

 

Canterbury Cantata Trust AGM agenda and minutes

The next AGM for Canterbury Cantata Trust will be on Wednesday January 24th at St Paul's Church following a curtailed Amici rehearsal with the AGM starting at 7.15. All members welcome to attend. The agenda for the AGM can be viewed or printed by following this link, and the minutes of last year's AGM can be viewed here

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Canterbury Cantata Trust AGM

The next AGM for CCT will be on Wed January 24t January at St Paul’s Church following a curtailed Amici rehearsal probably 7pm or 7.15 start – (precise time to be confirmed). All members welcome to attend and agenda to be circulated later.

Monday Music mailing list

Hi
I am updating Monday Music’s mailing list and would be grateful if you will confirm that you wish to remain on the list.
This applies to current and past members.
Many thanks.
Maggie Smith
Membership secretary

Monday Music update from Grenville

Monday Music

A reminder that there is NO Monday Music on Monday October 9. The next MM will be on Monday 16th October.

​​Changes ahead!

The format of Monday Music will change from Monday 16th. I will be joined by friend David Jones an extraordinary musician whose keyboard skills are legendary. David will play piano with us and we will begin to learn a new repertoire of songs both in unison and in parts and work to develop our harmonies. Thus Monday Music will remain as a physical, mental and spiritual work out of one hour but be even more demanding as we build our repertoire!

As we move in this direction Canterbury Cantata Trust (CCT) will provide new folders which will be allocated to every member. They will be inscribed with Monday Music and will remain the property of CCT and be the repository for new materials.

A reminder that we will be giving a Christmas performance on Monday December 18th to friends and family at 11.00 . It will be necessary to arrive for a warm up and to be seated at 10.00.

Looking forward to the next stage of Monday Music history on Monday October 16.

Grenville

Monday Music – Oct 9th rehearsal cancelled

Dear All,
It’s lovely to be back at Monday music. Look forward to seeing you on Monday, 25thSeptember
Unfortunately Grenville,Phil and Nicola will be unable to do Monday, 9th October,so there will be no Monday music singing on that day.
Best wishes   Maggie

Monday Music – Autumn Term

Dear All

I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer and are now looking forward to the autumn term with Monday Music.

As you know we start back next Monday 11th September at the usual time and the further dates for this term are as follows:

September 11, 25.  Please note there will be NO session on the 18th.
October      2,  9 (to be confirmed), 16, 23, 30
November  6, 13, 20, 27
December  4, 11, 18

Still £2.50 per session,  or the discounted price of £30 if you pay for the whole term on line or by cheque.

Maggie Smith has kindly agreed to take over as membership secretary and I am sure you will all give her a warm welcome.

Best wishes
Gill

Monday Music next term

Dear Monday Music

Just a reminder that the next term will start on 11th September – the usual time 11.00 am at St Paul”s Church. Still £2.50 per session or preferably £30.00 per term payable on line or by cheque. Amazing value for an hour that is such fun, so beneficial and goes by so quickly with such a friendly crowd !

Online payments can be accepted from today.

Best wishes
Gill

Monday Music reminder for May 22nd

Dear All

Just a reminder that on Monday, the 22nd May we will be singing at the Beaney with Phil. Usual time, please be there for 10.45 am, of course with scarves, corsages etc and your music folders.
Hopefully we will have a good turn out to raise the roof in the Explorer’s Gallery, upstairs as usual.

Best wishes
Gill

Monday Music – welcome back

Dear All

Great to be back for a new term of Monday Music.  We will all miss Grenville this term of course while he is having a well deserved break in France.   We look forward to having him back with us in the Autumn, fully refreshed after his holiday.  We are lucky though to have Phil Self back again to keep us singing happily through to the summer break.

We now have the dates for next term - those of you who pay by term will have already paid for 24 April as it was included in the fees for last term, so the cost as from next Monday 1st May will be £27.50.  This can either be paid on line or by cheque made payable as usual to Canterbury Cantata Trust.  Weekly of course it is still just £2.50.

If you want to pay on line for the term please go to the Members' website shop by following this link:
http://canterburycantatamembers.org.uk/shop/

I just want to take this opportunity to thank Jenny, Caroline, and Anne for covering for me earlier this year while I was away.  

Best wishes
Gill