Sing to Beat Parkinson's Fundraising Workshop
Thursday 20th May 2021 5-7pm UK time

Course Details

On Thursday 20th May, 5pm-7pm (UK Time), Voice Workshop are holding a Fundraising Workshop for Sing to Beat Parkinson’s. All proceeds raised from this workshop will go towards founding a new Sing to Beat group in Northern Ireland led by Elizabeth Drwal, a researcher and practitioner in this area. The funds will establish a group for Parkinson’s sufferers, and it will pay for set up costs, practitioner delivery costs and premises/online work.

This workshop will be led by Nicola Wydenbach, the Director of Training at Sing to Beat Parkinson’s. It will give you an overview of Singing to Beat Parkinson’s and will introduce you to practical exercises used by practitioners. If you are interested in learning more about this important area within Singing for Health, or in developing your knowledge base around singing for Parkinson’s then this workshop is designed for you. This workshop links directly to training on the Sing to Beat programme, so this would provide a solid foundation for further study with the Sing to Beat group.

The donation fee to attend this workshop will be £20, and you will be able to donate using the link below. Once you have donated, please email info@voiceworkshop.co.uk with proof of donation, in order to book your place.

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Voice Workshop commits to the following pledges:

  • Voice Workshop will pay Nicola Wydenbach’s presenter fee.
  • All proceeds will be donated to the Sing to Beat support charity.
  • All proceeds will be used to establish a Sing to Beat group.
  • Where there is a shortfall for establishing the group, Voice Workshop will pay the shortfall.

About Nicola

Nicola Wydenbach has worked on projects for English National Opera, Opera North, BBC, Garsington, Sing Up and Youth Music. From 2013-14, Nicola was Vocal Director for Voices of the Future at the Royal Opera House. She has also been Musical Director for Aldeburgh Festival’s pop up performances of “Albert Herring Feasts”in 2013 as well as Glyndebourne’s Young Voices Project in 2012. In 2019, she was the Musical Director for Camberwell Gro(o)ve with the Camberwell Community Choir and Mind and Soul Community Choir.
She is regular vocal leader for Streetwise Opera who work within the homeless sector. Since 2014, she has been Musical Director for the D’Vine Singers in Sevenoaks, a wellbeing choir for people with mental health issues. Since 2018, she has been the Musical Director of the Mind and Soul Choir, a mental heath choir based at the Maudsley Hospital as well as Aviva Voices, a work based choir in London.
In 2014, Nicola won a Finzi Scholarship enabling her to travel to America to work with people with Parkinson’s. She now runs her own groups in Camberwell, and Pimlico. Since 2015, she has had a residency at Britten Pears Arts where she has been training other leaders to work with people with Parkinson’s. Since 2017, she had been the Director of Sing to Beat, the umbrella organisation for singing groups work with people with Parkinson’s. She was instrumental in developing the training programme for these groups. In collaboration with Dr Trish Vella-Burrows, their book on Singing and Parkinson’s which was published in 2019.

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