Singing Together

Singing Together

Online singing sessions with residents to help improve mood and wellbeing.

Benefits of singing and music

Singing has been shown to offer social, personal and mood benefits for adults, and a lot of evidence highlights the benefits specifically for older people. For people with dementia, singing activities can reduce symptoms of depression and behavioural issues. Singing in a group encourages social bonding, group identity and inclusion across cultural groups. Music also improves mental wellbeing and has been associated with reduced anxiety in young adults and reduced risk of depression in older people. It can support bonding between mothers and infants and plays a part in language development. Music and singing may also improve quality of life and coping for people living with health conditions.



Project team


Martin Purdy


To deliver engaging & fun online singing lessons to residents.


“Hi…. did you sing along with us? It was lovely on a day like today, I enjoyed it and I didn’t have a coughing fit! Look forward to next session.

“That was brilliant. Thank you. When is the next singing session and do you run groups?”


The project was a success and the sessions attracted over 200 views from residents across Manchester. The sessions also received some excellent feedback from those who joined in the fun. The project was delivered to all residents using social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. From the project it is hoped that new singing groups will emerge across the city.

Strategic links to local/national policies



Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Social and wellbeing benefits for older people

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Increased social cohesion

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Good start in life for children

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Encourages social connection and inclusion

Manchester Population Health Plan

Helps with coping for people with health conditions

The Manchester Prevention Programme

Research/evidence base

WHO Regional Office for Europe (2019) What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? A scoping review

Van der Stein et al (2018) Music‐based therapeutic interventions for people with dementia, Cochrane Systematic Review

Daykin et al (2017) What works for wellbeing? A systematic review of wellbeing outcomes for music and singing in adults. Perspectives in Public Health, 138 (1), pp. 39-46

What Works for Wellbeing (2016) Review of the Grey Literature: Music, Singing and Wellbeing

A Choir In Every Care Home (2016) A Review Of Research On The Value Of Singing For Older People


Phil Tomlinson - buzz Age Friendly Neighbourhood Health Worker

T: 07557677969

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