Singing4fun with Parkinson’s

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As of 24th October 2018 we are able to announce that we are one of two winners of the World Parkinson’s Congress 2019 Song Competition. Our category is original lyrics AND original music, the other category is lyrics to an existing melody. Our song was created by a truly collaborative effort from a number of our S4Fun 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 of the song with her singing the harmonies, together with piano accompaniment (a requirement was to have piano or guitar accompaniment). You can hear our winning entry at this WPC 2019 link

https://wpc2019.org/page/playlist.

We will be creating a video of the S4Fun group singing the song in the next few weeks so watch this space. As part of the entry we had to submit an essay about the background to our creation and this can be found here. A pdf of the lyrics can be found here.
We can now regard this as our Edinburgh Branch song and we will be using every opportunity to teach it to members in the coming months.

Regular S4Fun Sessions

. We sing for fun and enjoyment as well as to exercise the vocal folds and the facial muscles. Our singing builds friendships and laughter is guaranteed! Sessions include rounds, part harmonies, traditional songs, jazz numbers, ballads and songs from around the globe. No prior singing experience is required and you don’t have to read music – songs are taught by call and response by our highly experienced song leaders. We generally sing without accompaniment but occasionally our song leaders may add a little of their choosing.

Singing4Fun is not just for people with Parkinson’s – anyone who wants to sing is welcome. Nor do you have to commit to coming every week, drop-in when you can. There is a small charge for each session.

Tuesdays, 2-4pm at Marchmont St Giles, Kilgraston Road, Edinburgh, EH9 2DW. Our song leader is Penny Stone. You can see a short video of the group with Penny in an extract from a fundraising video we took part in for the church,

Wednesdays, 7-9pm at Bellevue Chapel, Rodney Street, EH7 4EL Our song leader is Ellie Logan.

Ellie Logan

Sessions run in term times. You can download a complete list of dates for 2018/2019 here: Singing4Fun Dates 2018-19

For further information or to let us know you are coming for the first time, please contact Cathie Quinn, 0131 557 6438 or cathie@edinburghparkinsons.org