SMILING SESSIONS COVID-19

With the effects of COVID-19 still very much with us, we are delighted to launch a second 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...?

  • 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.”

For 10 years, our Smiling Sessions offered live participatory, high quality singing experiences for older people in care homes and social housing in deprived areas of London. Our participatory singing sessions helped residents to become more integrated, stay healthy and keep active.

When Covid struck, we moved our sessions online; now it wasn’t just older people, but people of all ages who were cut off. We were keener than ever to harness the power of music and singing to support wellbeing and mental health.

Although the lock down has lifted, many people are still confined with little or no access to the outside world; some with no phones, or other internet-dependent devices.

In order to make our Sessions as accessible as possible, we have created an easy to use app – www.smilingsessions.com- where there is a video jukebox (with on screen lyrics) of all the songs we produce.

The sessions are performed by our fabulous professional musicians, Pete Baikie, Neil Herd and Alison Jones and we’re delighted to be joined in our second series by another wonderful line up of celebrity guest singers.  

We hope that our weekly ‘celebrity’ sing a long Smiling Sessions will raise awareness of the power of song and the impact singing has on health, well-being and mindfulness, no matter what your age may be. We also want to build an awareness with the public of 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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