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Singing for breathing

Singing for Breathing: open workshop
Singing for breathing - open workshop

Singing for Breathing

  • Learn breathing techniques

  • Release physical tension

  • Have fun!


Singing for Breathing aims to enhance existing physiotherapeutic support for respiratory conditions by introducing a new form of enjoyable, informal exercise, teaching a better understanding of breath control through the use of the voice in group settings.


Singing for Breathing is funded entirely through charitable donations.  The first tranche of work was funded by a 2008 concert held in memory of the late Ian Adam, organised by Peter French.  If you would like to help support this project with a donation please contact the arts team. 


This groundbreaking programme has received extensive national media coverage:


  • on BBC Radio 4's PM show (estimated audience of 9.98 million)

Listen to the mp3:

With thanks to the BBC




Experienced singing leaders Jo Foster, Angela Reith and Katie Rose run informal, fun workshops at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.


Royal Brompton Hospital: group workshops, 2pm - 3pm every Monday for all respiratory patients - no need to book


Harefield Hospital:  group workshops for all patients, 3:30pm to 4:30pm every Tuesday - no need to book


The workshops every Monday afternoon and Tuesday afternoon are open to all respiratory patients at the Trust.  If you would like to come along please contact the arts team (details below) to confirm times and locations.  



Singing for Breathing CD  

Singing for Breathing CD
Click to buy CD

To buy a copy of the Singing for Breathing CD by Phoene Cave at £10 please click on the logo above, alternatively you can send a cheque made payable to 'Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity' to:



Royal Brompton Hospital

Sydney Street




If paying by cheque please remember to include your name and postal address for us to send the CD to.


The Royal Brompton Singing for Breathing group
A singing for breathing workshop



Workshop Leaders


Angela Reith - Harefield Hospital

Angela divides her time between playing the piano, leading singing workshops, composing, singing, song-writing, music-directing, music therapy and much more – but not all at the same time!


In 2000 she started the weekly Voices Singing Workshops in her local area for all-comers, regardless of ability. This was the start of her work in the growing area of group singing for enjoyment and well-being. She has continued this work up to the present day in different forms, including leading ‘Singing for Breathing’ sessions at Harefield Hospital, conducting Yerbury Community Choir in north London, and leading a singing group in a sheltered housing scheme in central London for the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre. She is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network.


In 2006 Angela qualified as a music therapist from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and she has worked as a music therapist with adolescents, both in an NHS acute adolescent mental health unit and in a local authority children’s secure home.


Angela is also writes, performs and records her own material both solo and as a founding member of the Anam Cara vocal trio.


Jo Foster - Royal Brompton Hospital

Jo Foster is an actress, singer and composer who has been working with acapella voice groups for the last twenty years, originally as a performer, then as a community choir leader and more recently with Singing For Breathing group at Royal Brompton.  Jo has a keen interest in exercises which benefit people with acute asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease which she has developed over the years as a singer and voice coach.

Katie Rose - Harefield Hospital / Royal Brompton Hospital

Described by the Guardian as a 'fine singer' and fROOTs Magazine as an 'eye and ear opener', Katie Rose is an innovative musical entrepreneur with 14 years experience in holistic therapeutic practice.

Katie is passionate about making music accessible and has facilitated session with Croydon Interncultural Singing Project (CRISP) at Corelands PRU and Forest Schools. Community Choir Direction includes Raise the Roof Choir at the Horniman Museum, Croydon & South Norwood Community Choirs and Forest Hill Singing Group. She has organised large scale choral fundraising events for Sing for Water. She leads training sessions for teachers, presenters and therapists.

Katie has released three albums of music which interweave original material with music from global traditions. She has performed with artists including Barefoot Doctor, Basement Jaxx, Tim Wheater and Stewart Pearce. For more info please visit  www.therosewindow.org




For more information on singing for breathing please contact the Arts team:


0207 352 8121 x 4087



Royal Brompton

Sydney Street,
London SW3 6NP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121