Singing4fun with Parkinson’s

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 will be 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

As part of the entry we had to submit an essay about the background to2 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 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.

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