Joining the Group
“I’m absolutely certain that if I hadn’t been singing with the ParkinSongsters for the last five years my condition today would be much worse…. and it is great fun too!” Julie White
Where do you meet?
The group meets weekly at St John’s Church Hall, Brittany Rd, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0RD. There is plenty of on-road parking and disabled access.
When is it?
Mondays 2.45 – 4pm, (breaks: 2 weeks at Easter, May Bank holidays, 4 weeks in August and 2-3 weeks at Christmas/New Year)*
Who can join?
The group is open to people with Parkinson’s, their partners, friends and carers. You are welcome to join us at any time for a few sessions before deciding whether you’d like to become a member. There is a session charge of £2 and group members are encouraged to join the local branch of Parkinson’s UK – Bexhill, Hastings and Rother, for which there is a nominal annual fee.*
Is it for me?
You may be used to singing, or never have sung in a group before, but all are welcome! Although the The ParkinSongsters started primarily as a therapy group, it has grown into a weekly meeting where, in addition to the healthful exercises, people can enjoy themselves singing a wide variety of songs in a relaxed atmosphere of camaraderie and much laughter.
“I find the singing uplifting and I also enjoy the fun we have. It’s nice to be with people who understand the problems. You inspire us to do well, despite the fact that some of us are not brilliant singers!” Anne Ashby
Over the years the group has sung in Care Homes and at Private Events. This brings a sense of achievement to members whilst giving pleasure to others, as well as raising funds for the local Parkinson’s UK branch. In addition we sing carols at The Conquest Hospital each year and hold 2 or 3 concerts open to the public. There is no obligation to sing in these concerts, but we do find that having something to work for helps establish the good techniques we practice in the group sessions.
Who leads the group?
The group is led by Jane Metcalfe and Duncan Reid.
Jane was a professional singer and has taught singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on both the Acting Course and to students of Music Therapy. She teaches locally and finds it truly rewarding helping people in their more mature years make the very best of their voice. She has worked with The ParkinSongsters since their inception in 2010, and continues to enjoy every moment.
Duncan is an accomplished pianist who conducts and plays for a number of singing groups locally. He has been with The ParkinSongsters since they began giving concerts in 2012 He is great at arranging and adapting songs to suit the group, and brings a touch of quiet confidence to the sessions.
* For more information on joining the group, please email Diane at email@example.com or telephone Jane on 07760 366367