Sing to Beat Parkinson's

Sing to Beat Parkinson's

Sing to Beat Parkinson’s groups are singing groups for people with Parkinson’s, and their friends. The first group (Skylarks) was founded in 2010 by Roger Clayton and Grenville Hancox to enable People with Parkinson’s to better express themselves, and to relieve some of the symptoms they experience.

The groups use techniques shown by over 10 years of research to help those with Parkinson’s or dementia to maintain or improve their psychological and physical wellbeing through taking part in regular singing activity. Many people with Parkinson’s have vocal problems, and regular singing can help to strengthen the voice.

Listen to BBC report ‘Singing in a choir brings both health and happiness (Skylarks extract from 14:30)

We think that member Tony Lord’s singing of ‘Streets of London’ must be one of the most convincing demonstrations of the impact of singing for people with Parkinson’s.

Grenville says, “When we sing, it’s almost completely impossible to think about anything else – so people’s awareness is concerned purely with singing. This focus can have enormous benefits – it certainly makes me feel better!”

The sessions provide a supportive and friendly environment where people can engage in beneficial physical activity and form new friendships.

Watch a Sing to Beat Parkinson’s group in action

Join Canterbury Skylarks

Canterbury Skylarks is a singing group led by professional musicians for people with Parkinson's and their companions. All are very welcome.

For more information about Sing to Beat Parkinson’s, please visit our website:

Sing to Beat Parkinson's Website

Where and when

Canterbury Skylarks meets on Tuesdays in term time from 2-3pm. The sessions alternate between taking place online via zoom and in person at Simon Langton Boys' School, Canterbury CT4 7AS. People can choose to take part only on zoom, only face to face or both versions! For information about dates and other logistics please contact Lucy Markes -

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Fees for the sessions

The fee for the face to face sessions os £4 on a pay as you come basis. We do not charge a fee for the zoom sessions but would ask you to consdier making a donation.

Gift Aid

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.

Canterbury Cantata Trust

Canterbury Cantata Trust Registered in England and Wales
Company No. 8293466 (Limited by Guarantee)
Registered Charity No. 1163197.

Registered Office:
April Cottage, Cherville Lane,
Bramling, Canterbury,
Kent. CT3 1LZ