SMILING SESSIONS COVID-19

With the effects of COVID-19 still very much with us, we are delighted to launch a third series of our virtual sing a long project.

During the crisis our Sessions have safely reached thousands of isolated senior citizens living in sheltered or care accommodation across the U.K, supporting their wellbeing through music and singing. Now as we continue to live in uncertain times, we hope our project will help support everyone who is still shielding or cut off as a result of the pandemic.

DID YOU KNOW...?

  • TV Psychologist and Mental Health Expert, Dr Arthur Cassidy
    “The array of genres and songs together with the colourful visual effects and rich tones will facilitate happy memories of events in their entire life span and add meaning to the quality of their everyday lives.”
  • Hans Christian Andersen
    “Where words fail, music speaks.”
  • Billy Joel
    “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
  • Plato
    “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
  • Taylor Swift
    “People haven't always been there for me but music always has.”
  • Richard Phelps, Jazz Trumpeter
    "Where there is life there is music. Where there is music, there is life."
  • McGill University, Montreal
    "Research has found that dopamine, the feel-good chemical in your brain, can be up to 9% higher when listening to music."
  • Elton John
    “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.”
  • TV Psychologist & Mental Health Expert, Dr Arthur Cassidy
    “The array of genres and songs The Smiling Sessions brings to older people, together with the colourful visual effects and rich tones, will facilitate happy memories of events in their entire life span and add meaning to the quality of their everyday lives.”

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In January 2021 we launched the third series of our virtual singalong project, the Smiling Sessions.

Throughout the pandemic, our Sessions have safely reached thousands of isolated people, young and old, supporting their wellbeing and mental health through music.

We created our digital Smiling Sessions – which were previously live participatory singalong events  in care homes – in April 2020 in response to Covid-19, when so many people became isolated and in need of support.

A free virtual video jukebox of famous and uplifting songs, the Smiling Sessions are released every week and every week our team of professional musicians – Pete Baikie, Neil Herd and Alison Jones – are joined by a celebrity guest.

Our sessions come with on screen lyrics and anyone can singalong by using our easy-to-use app – www.smilingsessions.com. We offer help to anyone having trouble accessing our Sessions.

We are as committed as ever to raising awareness of the impact singing has on health and well-being and to highlight the terrible isolation many people are still experiencing.

If you have been inspired to support our ever-growing project, please consider making a donation.

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Please consider supporting us at this time. We want to sing, connect and communicate with as many vulnerable and isolated older people as possible. Click here to make a donation

Here’s just a few shout outs some of our special guests have done for the smilingsessions.com

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