Monday Music

 
Monday Music was set up to promote the benefits of singing for well-being. Its 65 or so members are mainly residents of Canterbury and its surrounding areas who meet once a week to sing together.
 
The choir was originally a project choir, intended to run for one academic term. But as numbers grew and the choir flourished, it became a regular fixture in its members’ lives and is still going strong after several years. Together we’ve performed concerts in St Gregory's Centre for Music and Westgate Hall, Canterbury.
 
There’s no need to be able to read music, as Monday Music doesn’t use sheet music but we do use lyric sheets. Our wide repertoire is built around familiar music, new music and simple, fun rounds.
 

Latest posts for Monday Music

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

 

Join in with Monday Music

Membership is open to all and is entirely based on a desire to sing with others. No audition is required.

Where and when

Rehearsals take place on Mondays from 11am - 12noon, at:

St Paul's Church,
Church Street St Paul's, Canterbury CT1 1NH

Dates of sessions for the summer term

Monday 24th April
Monday May 1,8,15,22
June 5,12,19,26
July 3,10,17

Contact

Monday Music Membership Secretary:
Maggie Smith

Membership Fee

The membership fee is £2.50 per week or £30.00 per term, and can be paid weekly or per term, by cash, cheque or online.

Pay online

After running a trial for online payment of subscriptions with the Canterbury Cantata group we are now extending this to the Amici Chorus and Monday Music. We would very much like you to use this new method of payment as it will reduce the amount of administration, avoid visits to the bank with large numbers of cheques and amounts of cash, and it provides better record keeping. To make your payment please go to the Shop menu item where you will also find more detailed instructions. Online payments should not be used for weekly payments for Monday Music, these will continue to be collected by cash.

Payments are made via PayPal, either through a PayPal account or directly from your credit card without enrolling into PayPal. Please don't select payment by cheque (check). You will receive a receipt from both the Canterbury Cantata Trust and PayPal. Please bring your receipts to the first rehearsal just in case there are problems - this is very new to us!

Gift Aid

Please read the instructions about Gift Aid on the Shop page. If you are eligible to sign up for Gift Aid you can do this by clicking on the Gift Aid box on the Check Out screen.  Alternatively you can download the Canterbury Cantata Trust gift aid declaration form by clicking this link. Please hand in the completed form at a rehearsal or post to the Trust at our contact address.

For more information contact the Membership Secretary: Maggie Smith