Singing on prescription

Series: Creative Thinktanks

Ideas explored: music for health and wellbeing

Creative Thinktank 30 Sept - 1 Oct 2019

A growing body of research evidence is drawing attention to the many positive impacts singing can have on physical and mental wellbeing, encouraging increasingly more members of the community to seek the connectivity and uplifting qualities of group singing activities. With social prescription currently high on the government agenda, both demand for such provision and complexity of need are likely to increase dramatically. Facilitated by Katherine Zeserson, and with an opening presentation by Bev Taylor, NHS Lead for Social Prescribing, this event brought together researchers, policy-makers, clinicians, practitioners and other stakeholders to consider how community-based assets (choirs, singing and music groups) become ‘social prescribing’ ready.

Notes from proceedings to follow shortly.


June Boyce-Tillman
Pip Cahill
Baz Chapman
Christine Davies
Dean Dorset
Emily Foulkes
Andy Hall
Louise Hardwick
Heather McClelland
Amy Mallett
John McMahon
Phillipa Reive
Bev Taylor
Nicola Wydenbach
Katherine Zeserson

“The Thinktank has been a great way to develop our understanding of how to meet potential growing demand around singing on prescription, how it might affect the way that singing groups welcome members with particular needs, and also how singing leaders might need to adapt their approaches. It’s been invaluable to have different expertise and perspectives around the table, so that we can meet these needs in the best possible way, and Snape Maltings is just the perfect setting for creative thinking.”

- Baz Chapman