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.
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.