Welcome to The ParkinSongsters, a singing group based in Bexhill, Hastings, and Rother, for people with Parkinson’s, their partners, friends and carers.
On Friday 10th March we made our debut on the stage of the White Rock Theatre, taking part in the Hastings International Musical Festival. We were one of 10 local community choirs competing in the Festival. We didn’t expect to win, but we gave it all we had, and acquitted ourselves splendidly, gaining a mark of 85, encouraging comments from the adjudicator and a certificate of Special Merit.
“A delightful start to the programme, and very energetic opening. Excellent diction and some lovely soloists…. A fine and appropriate ending, and extremely effective dynamics. You sang with energy throughout. A lovely performance…”
No cameras allowed in the theatre but here are two members enjoying a drink afterwards!
The ParkinSongsters started as a therapy group, set up in November 2010 by Parkinson’s UK – Bexhill, Hastings and Rother branch. The aim was to provide fun and healthful vocal and breathing exercises for people with Parkinson’s to help with the voice and swallowing problems that affect so many with the condition. The group started with 13 members, including partners and carers, and maintains a steady membership of up to 18 people.
“I love the variety of songs. It’s made all the difference to me. I can project my voice better, and sing in tune, and it’s helped my posture, my muscles and breathing…” Group member
Very soon we discovered that the most effective way to consolidate the exercises was through singing, and thus The ParkinSongsters was born. As well as the health-giving benefits of using the voice and breath in a more functional way, the sheer enjoyment of singing together as a group and sharing songs with others brings a sense of well-being and of personal achievement. We have performed at both private and public events and boast a number of repeat bookings.
Go to the Film Project page to view the recent film made about The ParkinSongsters, in which the group demonstrates the positive benefits of singing for people with Parkinson’s…