Singing for Health and Wellbeing
Saturday 16th October, 2pm
"Singing is something for us all to enjoy together and we know the health and wellbeing benefits of it. Now more than ever we need singing, and I am really proud to have been able to include this workshop, with thanks to Rachel for being up for it. The long-term affects of COVID-19 are still unknown but we will work to manage those difficulties together. This workshop is just the beginning of St Andrews Voices' investment in the community."
Amanda, Festival Director
Have you always fancied trying singing, but not had the confidence to join a local group? Do you have a respiratory condition or are you recovering from Covid-19? Are you feeling Social isolated in these uncertain times? If any of the above apply to you, or if you are curious to learn more about Singing For Health and Well-being, then join Rachel for a relaxed and enjoyable workshop session via Zoom.
Rachel will guide you through a typical online session, teaching you physical and vocal warm-ups, breathing exercise and fun songs and rounds to help you manage your respiratory condition safely, and to feel connected with like-minded people. Whilst we cannot sing ‘together’ we can use our other senses to feel connected in song with me.
Rachel Hynes comes from a performing, classical music background and has worked as a professional Opera Singer for 23 years. She was a Company Principal with Scottish Opera (2000-2004), and also performed with all the National Companies, Tête a Tête, Cantare d’Arte Montepulciano, Edinburgh International Festivals, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and broadcast on BBC Radio and Television and RAI 3.
A great advocate for music as therapy since college days volunteering at the Larbert Hospital, Rachel has a wide portfolio of experience as a Community Musician and Vocal Animateur, having worked on Dementia Projects with Scottish Opera/Alzheimer’s Scotland, sung with Giant Productions on Songbird, an interactive theatre piece specifically written for children with special needs, with Indepen-dance, workshopping and performing with adults with complex disabilities.
Rachel currently works as a Music Leader with Common Wheel a mental health music charity based at Gartnavel Hospital. She co-facilitates and leads participatory music and singing sessions on various Dementia and Mental Health wards and care homes in and around Glasgow.
Trained in Singing For Breathing through the British Lung Foundation, Rachel runs two Singing For Lung Health groups – ‘DAYR To Sing’ in Ayr and ‘Sing Your Song’ in West Kilbride, and has also been leading a Singing For Breathing and Well-being group online, with specific Covid -19 funding, for Plantation Productions. Rachel also runs a community based singing group at Platform in Easterhouse -The Platform Singers, a Tenants Choir (in association with South Ayrshire Council) and leads a Singing For Parkinson’s group (with Parkinson’s UK), in Kilmarnock – the Ayrshire Parkinson’s Community Singers, trained through the Sing To Beat Singing For Parkinson’s Training at Snape Maltings.
During lockdown, Rachel has been leading a very successful Singing for Breathing and Well-being programme for Plantation Productions, Glasgow, as part of their Creative Steps initiative. She currently has 2 years’ funding in place to work with Primary 5 children in West Kilbride in Singing for Wellbeing and growth. Rachel is a great advocate for Singing For Health and is delighted to be part of the steering committee of the Scottish Singing For Health Network.