We are very fortunate that Jo Edworthy has agreed to lead the singing session that forms part of the Fighting Fit residential weekend programme.
Jo is a mezzo-soprano who trained at the Royal Northern College of Music before performing with companies such as Glyndebourne and Welsh National Opera. She is a singing teacher at Wycombe Abbey School and an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In recent years she has started working in the therapeutic sector of music, leading ‘Singing for the Brain’ Sessions for the Alzheimer’s Society and is also a founder and music director of the ‘Everyone Can Sing Choir’, a community choir promoting singing for all. In 2019 Jo will be delivering a seminar at the annual conference of the National Association of Singing Teachers on the benefits of singing for people with Parkinson’s.
Jo explains that “A typical singing session begins with some stretching and vocal exercises before moving on to songs. We aim to increase breath control and posture and we do all sorts of exercises to get the facial muscles working. Tongue twisters and patter songs are always a fun way to increase articulation and are great for backing up speech therapy”.
She adds “The most important thing is that the sessions are fun. Singing in a group is uplifting and has the power to increase the quality of life”.
Fighting Fit is an innovative residential weekend programme for younger and working-age people with Parkinson’s that encourages self-management. The aim is to provide information and sign-posting, to share experiences and discuss the practical and emotional impact of living and working with Parkinson’s.