Singing for lung health: balancing the biomedical with the musical

Event details

Event date: 
12 June 2019
15:00 - 16:30
Event duration: 
90 minutes
Type of event: 
Workshop / participation
All ages
Access for wheelchair users: 
Venue name: 
Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park
Access via Regents Park side only


Ticket availability: 
Limited places

About the event

Music therapist and vocal coach Phoene Cave leads a participatory workshop to coincide with the Royal College of Physicians Museum exhibition exploring breathing and breathlessness, ‘Catch your Breath’. This workshop will provide an overview of the history of Singing for Breathing over the last 10 years as well as a practical, participatory element. Participants with chronic lung conditions will also share their experiences of how the classes have supported their quality of life and the management of their breathlessness.

Singing for Lung Health is a sociable group activity where techniques for breathing control and posture are taught through singing. It is proving transformative for participants and the intervention has grown widely in the past decade with 8 hospitals in London running groups and over 100 community based groups around the UK.  

Phoene Cave is an HCPC registered music therapist, singer and vocal coach, delivering the first singing for lung health programme at the Royal Brompton hospital, London in 2008. She has delivered training and resources for the Singing for Lung Health programme with the British Lung Foundation since 2014, and has helped set up Singing for Lung Health groups in soon to be 10 London hospitals.

She has spent the past two decades working with diverse communities to facilitate singing projects as well as project manage across areas of performance, education and music therapy. She has worked as a consultant, lecturer and trainer for organisations including Southbank Centre, Imperial College, Nordoff Robbins, Wigmore Hall and Live Music Now. Phoene is passionate about the creative connections between music and wellbeing and about supporting best practice in music facilitators and therapists.

For more info:

'Catch your breath' is a free exhibition open the public 2 April – 20 September 2019 in partnership with the Life of Breath project and supported by Wellcome Trust. Please see our website for visiting information.


Royal College of Physicians
Natalie Craven


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