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Singing4Fun

The Tuesday Singing4Fun group takes place at Marchmont St Giles.

The face-to-face sessions start at 2pm on Tuesdays. The sessions continue weekly during school term-time.  ( 2021/22 School year confirmed dates)

We have to limit our numbers, so we are asking people to book a place by emailing Olivia at secretary@edinburghparkinsons.org


The Wednesday evening Singing4Fun group at the BB Pollock Pavilion, Ferry Road, Edinburgh run from 7pm – 8.30pm (with a short break for tea).  The sessions also take place during school term-time (see link for term dates above). Cost is £3 plus donation for refreshments.

From Wednesday 2nd March the sessions will be run as a hybrid session.  This means people can join by Zoom if they can’t or don’t want to attend in person.  The format will be improved, as we use more technology which means people at home are more integrated and included.  We are hoping to include People with Parkinson’s from around the country, who perhaps don’t have singing groups in their area.

If you would like to join by Zoom, please contact Cathie by emailing: cathie@edinburghparkinsons.org   or phone: 0131 557 6438


Our Tuesday and Wednesday Singing4Fun (S4F) song-leaders, Penny Stone and Sally Jaquet posted videos (see links below) to keep us going through the Lockdowns and the continuing challenging times.

As the Branch supported facilitators’ online work, if you benefit from these videos, you may consider making a donation to the Branch via our JustGiving page but please do not add Gift Aid as the Branch is not allowed to claim it where a service has been provided in relation to a donation. It would also help our Treasurer if you identified the activity e.g. Singing4Fun.

Penny’s videos

Penny’s S4F videos as well as links to lyrics for some of the longer songs can be found on Penny’s website here https://singlouderthanguns.com/health-and-music/

Penny is also posting other learn-and-singalong songs on her website every few days to help keep people singing during these unprecedented times. These can be found here https://singlouderthanguns.com/singalong-songs/.

You might also like to explore other pages on Penny’s website, especially under “Projects” and “Resources”.

Sally’s videos

Please send any feedback or queries to Sally via sarahjoyjaquet@gmail.com.

Sally’s S4F sing-along videos can be found here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgdRMPZUbVDgiPihPe_05kgeFNQ5o-sUf

Sally is also posting Musical Mindfulness and Family Musical Games to further help us through these times.

Musical Mindfulness – how to practise mindfulness in a musical way can be found here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgdRMPZUbVDhp7iE1–bf2D8j4NHUkwtA

Musical Games & Warm-ups to do at home with friends and family can be found here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgdRMPZUbVDhDIjbsD7CakbhG1Jvuko8y

Sally also has learning sound recordings that can be found here
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mXFv-fNUMXfkZT6Jhj25IxXj722-ezLA

World Parkinson Congress 2019 Song Competition Winners

In October 2018 Edinburgh Branch Singing4Fun were announced as winners of the competition in the category original lyrics AND original music (the other category being lyrics to an existing melody). Our song was created by a truly collaborative effort from a number of our singers under the inspiration and guidance of our Tuesday session song leader, Penny Stone. We were very last minute in submitting the entry so relied on Penny to create the recording with her singing the harmonies together with piano accompaniment (a requirement was to have piano or guitar accompaniment). The song was sung at the Congress in Kyoto in June 2019 by the Congress choir. You can hear our winning entry at this WPC 2019 link. https://wpc2019.org/page/playlist.

We have created a video of the S4Fun group singing the song. You can see it here: https://youtu.be/kE4C7vxFtUA

As part of the entry we had to submit an essay about the background to our creation and this can be found here Essay . A pdf of the lyrics can be found here lyrics A pdf of the full score can be found here Full score.

We can now regard this as our Edinburgh Branch song.

Further Creativity from the Group – Ode to Butterflies Café

Under normal circumstances our Tuesday S4F sessions are held in the afternoons at Marchmont St. Giles Church Hall, EH9 2DW. In appreciation of the Butterflies Café at the venue, the group wrote new lyrics to a traditional round and made a video recording while performing it during one of their Tuesday sessions in June 2019.

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