Covid-19 online singing sessions survey launched

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health has launched a national survey on the measures taken by Singing for Health Groups and Community Choirs to keep singing during the lockdown. The study is gathering information on how online platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts have been used to help them continue their work. 

Singing for Health Groups and Community Choirs provide valuable support to those with long-term health conditions and those with a history of mental health challenges.

The survey has been produced in collaboration with Canterbury Cantata Trust, Live Music Now, and the Natural Voice Network. Professor Grenville Hancox, Creative Director of Canterbury Cantata Trust and the Sing to Beat Parkinson’s project, said: “We are seeing, first-hand, the importance of adapting, maintaining, and developing further a connection with participants across our many singing and health groups. The collection and analysis of information associated with different approaches to delivery will inform best practice, essential for practitioners going forward in these uncertain times.”

The survey of musicians leading Singing for Health Groups and Community Choirs supporting the wellbeing of their members can be completed on the Canterbury Christ Church University website. The survey is open for four weeks from 18 May 2020. The result will be published in early July.