Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity

Singing for Breathing

A flagship arts & health project, designed to support older people with Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other diseases, as well as young people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). It promotes symptom self-management, encourages the development of support networks and improves mental health.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1053584)

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Chronic lung and heart conditions can leave patients with breathlessness, chest infections, anxiety and depression. There are no cures but symptoms can be better managed via regular singing/lung health workshops. Two groups particularly affected are: • Older people who struggle to manage symptoms and display higher levels of anxiety • Young CF patients who (on gaining independence) can shy away from treatment. They have little peer support – socialising is limited due to cross-infection risk


Singing for Breathing supports patients with chronic lung & heart conditions. We will provide more than 100 workshops over the year, along with several public performances. We will also introduce Sing Up! – a subsection of Singing for Breathing, which uses online media and Skype to provide group singing sessions for young CF patients. These sessions all aim to improve symptoms through posture and breath control techniques, and build a robust peer support network to improve mental wellbeing.