Venue: Chester Green Community Centre
Day & Time: Thursday 1pm - 3pm with the singing from 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Fee: £2.50 to cover refreshments

It is a well known fact that singing helps many people in many different ways.  It is known that people with Parkinsons have difficulties with speaking, swallowing and quietness of voice.  In 2013, Caroline Bartliff [the Parkinsons’ speech therapist] decided to do a study of Parkinsons patients to see how singing could be beneficial.  This is how the Parkinsons singing group began. Our group now calls itself the Movers and Shakers and has gone from strength to strength. We now have approximately 30 people attending this fun, social based activity.

Our musical director is Lester Simpson who is a musician from Wirksworth.  He has a choir at Wirksworth and he is also a member of an acappella folk group called Boyes, Coope & Simpson.  Lester plays the accordion, ukulele and mouth organ.  We begin with breathing exercises and then we go on to sing along to the ukulele.  Lester is a tremendous teacher and fun to be with and we have come together as a terrific social group which has had great benefits for everyone.

We are always looking for new members [you don’t need to be able to sing!], just come along and enjoy the session.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like more information.

If you are interested in more details please contact Liz or Brian Greaves on 01332 515700

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