Singing class in Portsmouth to help people with lung conditions

Eric Compton with Southsea community artist Janet Ayers Picture: Malcolm Wells

A NEW singing project is aiming to improve the health of people with lung conditions.

The Portsmouth south branch of Breathe Easy is working with singing coach Janet Ayers to offer the weekly classes.

The benefits of singing on people’s health and wellbeing are widely known

Janet Ayers

Throughout the sessions Janet will help people with their breathing and posture to help with their illness.

Janet, from Southsea, said: ‘The British Lung Foundation has been piloting projects where people with lung conditions try singing.

‘I did one a couple of years ago with Solent NHS Trust but wanted to bring one to Portsmouth.

‘Richard Palmer, a specialist nurse who works with the Breathe Easy group, wanted to start something and I was keen too.’

Together, the pair got the group involved and the first of the six-week sessions is this Friday.

Janet added: ‘These classes are about breathing, posture and singing.

‘It is specifically for people with lung problems and the hope is, after this six-week project, the groups will get funding to carry it on themselves.

‘The benefits of singing on people’s health and wellbeing are widely known now and there is a place in community music for these sort of groups.’

Eric Compton runs the Breathe Easy Portsmouth South group from Buckland Community Centre.

He said: ‘We are really looking forward to having Janet run these classes.

‘When the idea was first put forward by Richard we did have interest from our members.

‘Hopefully we will get a good turnout for our first session.’

People who want to join the class do not have to be a member of the Breathe Easy group.

The first class is on Friday at 10.30am at Buckland Community Centre, on Malins Road.

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