18 December 2018

Choir practice — usual time and place — tomorrow evening! This will be the last session of choir for this year!

12 December 2018

Choir cancelled tonight because of the weather. We’ll see you next week!

5 December 2018

There is no choir on 5th December. We will have choir on 12th and 19th December!

Take a listen to the following video, sung by the choir at the college where I was a student!!


19 November 2018

We have choir on 21st November — I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

14 November 2018

No choir tonight. See you all next week!

8 November 2018

An interesting study on the relationship between music and memory.

No choir on 14th November… see you on 21st November!

7 November 2018

Take a listen to this interview with Tom Power and the singer, Sarah Brightman. Guess what she includes in her warm-ups?? Lip trills!!!

CBC interview

6 November 2018

We have choir tomorrow, but remember that there is no choir on Wednesday 14 November.

28 October 2018

Have a look at this short BBC video about a choir that was formed to help improve mental health.

Choir for improved mental health

26 October 2018

Take a look at this article about art on prescription. We need singing on prescription in Newfoundland and Labrador. Click on the link below!

Art on prescription

You can also read a report from the UK discussing similar ideas looking at the arts and health.

Arts and Health


18 October 2018

Here are some more videos talking about the importance of choral music. Thanks to David for sharing these with me!


16 October 2018

Here’s an article about the song, Love me tender and its relationship with Aura Lea.

The story behind the song- Love Me Tender – Telegraph

13 October 2018

Take a listen to this video of the composer John Rutter talking about the value of singing in a choir. In the background, you can hear his exquisitely beautiful piece, The Lord bless you and keep you.

“Choral music is not one of life’s frills. It’s something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. You express, when you sing, your soul in song. And when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts….. ”


27 September 2018

It was wonderful to see everyone last night and to sing together. I apologize for the problems with accessing the building. Hopefully this will be resolved by next week.

Here’s a link from the BBC about the potential benefits of singing on your health. Within the article there is a video that you can watch! Keep singing!

Singing for health

20 September 2018

During the past year, I had the pleasure of singing with members of the Singing with Parkinson’s group in Toronto. Read about this wonderful group and their amazing choir director, Paula Wolfson by clicking on the link “Singing with Parkinson’s” below. You can also watch the short video about the choir.

Singing with Parkinson’s

12 September 2018

Look who’s singing on the stone outside Dan Murphy’s door!! We’ll have to sing this again when we meet later this month.



10 September 2018

Take a look at this story about a choir called the Malo Tones in Toronto. I had the pleasure of visiting the choir on a number of occasions! Just click on the link below to read the story!

See you on the 26th September!

30 August 2018

Exciting news…. choir starts again next month on Wednesday 26 September 7pm. at the Lantern on Barnes Road. If you need any further information, send me an email. I look forward to seeing you next month!

12 July 2018

Sadly, 11th July was the last choir session for the summer, but we will be starting again in September. Once we have confirmation of the date, we will post information here! Keep singing during the summer! See you all again in September!

12 June 2018

Tomorrow evening (13th June) during the refreshments time, we will have a presentation given by Corinne Bowen, entitled “Remote Patient Monitoring – Supporting Health at Home.”

30 May 2018

Choir is cancelled tonight (Wednesday 30 May) due to the bad weather. See you all next week!

24 March 2018

Exciting news…. choir starts again on Wednesday 23 May, 7pm at the Lantern.

23 March 2018

Just a reminder that you can hear Kelsey, Jenny and Emily performing in the School of Music at their upcoming recitals. Here’s a link to a list of all the student recitals in April. Just click on following link:

All the student recitals are free to attend!  It’s a great way to support our wonderful volunteers!

Kelsey: Saturday, 7th April, 6pm in Suncor Hall

Jenny: Friday, 13th April, 5pm. in Cook Recital Hall

Emily: Wednesday, 18 April, 5:00pm in Cook Recital Hall

7 March 2018

Take a look at this beautiful video. In addition to dancing, Fran and Murray are both members of the Singing with Parkinson’s Choir in Toronto. I have the pleasure of spending each Thursday afternoon joining with this wonderful group under the leadership of Paula Wolfson!

23 February, 2018

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a session of the Colchester Sing for your Lungs choir and meeting a lovely and very welcoming group of singers and wonderful choir leader and music therapist, Mary Anne Barclay. As well as doing breathing and vocal exercises, we sang songs, including Bella Mama! Mary Anne kindly shared a song that I know that you’ll enjoy singing when we get together again!

If you click on link below, you can watch a short video about their choir.

Remember to listen to Dion’s meditations at

4 February, 2018

I thought that you might like to watch this video — some amazing sound effects created by the choir. If you listen to it without looking at the video, I think that it is even more atmospheric. Enjoy.

Remember to listen to Dion’s new track on SoundCloud where he has posted a new meditation. You can just click on the arrow below to listen to the meditation. If you have any questions, remember you can email Dion or me!

January 23rd, 2018

Dion has posted another track on Soundcloud with a mindfulness meditation for you.

Click on the link below and then listen to the tracks. Perhaps follow the meditation with some of the breathing exercises that we do in choir. Let me know if you need any reminders of the exercises. We welcome any feedback. Remember always to listen to your own body and only follow these exercises if they feel comfortable.

January 15th, 2018

Just in case you needed reminding why singing is important, here’s an article from TIME magazine:

Singing and the brain

Remember to listen to Dion’s meditation and take a look at the videos with exercises that I emailed last year!

Someone shared a video with me of a song by Pete Seeger written when he was 91. The comment was that it was a song that was great for singing along — but also had an important message of social change by working together. Listen to the video and sing along!

January 5th, 2018

Various studies have shown that chanting is beneficial for health. Here is a link to an article from the BBC about the benefits of chanting:

If you are interested in learning more about chanting, here is a link to a radio programme:

Articles of interest:

A recent study in the journal, Psychology of Music looks at the “impact of choral singing on mindfulness” — another reason to sing in a choir!

Another study has looked at the health benefits of choral singing for people living with cancer. Researchers have discovered that choral singing may improve mood, decrease stress levels, lower inflammation and boost immune function. So keep singing!!

Fall Session — updated 4th October

The St. John’s Better Breathing Choir is currently running sessions until 11th October, then we are taking a 2-week break. Another session will start again on Wednesday 1st November.

We meet at the Lantern on Wednesdays at 7pm. There’s no registration, so why not come and join us for some breathing exercises, singing and refreshments!

The St. John’s Better Breathing Choir is an opportunity for anyone living with any lung disease or breathing difficulties to sing together in a relaxed and supportive environment.

  • At the Lantern, 35 Barnes Road, St. John’s
  • Accessible location – with parking close to building
  • No auditions
  • No previous singing experience necessary
  • No need to read music
  • No cost
  • No registration
  • Support group with guest speakers following the choir session
  • Breathing exercises in a fun environment
  • Music that everyone loves to sing!

For more information contact…

Jane Gosine             

Kalen Thomson      

Click on the link below for the November choir poster — thanks to Emily Pottie from the Lantern for the poster. Please share the poster with anyone who might be interested in joining the choir.

For choir members:

Fall Session

Exciting news…..choir is starting again on Wednesday 23rd August! We’ll be meeting at the Lantern on Wednesday at 7pm — I look forward to seeing you all again! For the Fall session, we’ll have practices each Wednesday from 23rd August until 11th October.

Wednesday 14th June: Julia Halfyard will be coming to lead the choir tonight for some wonderful singing!

Exciting news….. choir starts again on WEDNESDAY 24th May at the Lantern! Spread the word about the choir starting again!

I have uploaded a link to the Remote Patient Monitoring Referral form under the Links Tab — but here it is again — just click on the link below! Anyone with a clinical diagnosis of COPD, heart failure or Type II Diabetes is eligible for this programme. You can self refer.

Remote Patient Monitoring

If you want to listen to lots of beautiful choral music, as well as listen to interviews with choral directors and others interested in choral music, here’s a link to a weekly programme on BBC Radio 3, The Choir. To listen to the programme, just click on the arrow under “On Demand”. Enjoy!

Here’s a link to a website from BBC, Can singing in a choir make me healthier?

Just click on the link and you’ll find all sorts of interesting information about singing and music!

I thought that you might like to hear some other choirs singing one of our warm-up pieces, Bella mama. You’ll notice that there are different ways of performing this. The third version has a long introduction! Perhaps we should post our own version once we get together in the spring??

An interesting and inspiring study by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music

Click on the link below to read more about the study.

“Singing in a choir for just one hour boosts levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer, reduces stress and improves mood, which in turn could have a positive impact on overall health, a new study by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music published today in ecancermedicalscience has found.”

Source: Choir singing boosts immune system activity in cancer patients and carers, study shows

Folkestone Singing for Health Choir

Sonia Page runs the Folkestone Singing for Health Choir in England. She has also done research into the benefits of singing for health. In this video, some of her choir members tell us why they like to sing!

Abdominal breathing exercises with the Kings Singers

This is a demonstration of abdominal breathing which may help if you’re practicing your breathing. Just out of interest, the Kings Singers are singing a beautiful piece of music by Orlando Gibbons called “The Silver Swan” – here’s a link to the whole piece, sung here by the Tallis Scholars, if you’re interested in listening to the whole piece! Gibbons first published this madrigal/consort song in 1612 as part of his First Sett of Madrigals and Mottets of 5 parts.

You might also like to listen to the Kings Singers’ version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah which we sang together last year!

Vocal exercises with a straw

Dr Ingo Titze is a voice scientist and the Executive Director of the National Center for Voice and Speech. In this video, he demonstrates how to use a straw to help with vocal exercises, including some of the vocal glides that we practice — but without the straw!

If you’re interested in reading more about this technique, here’s an article on this method: voice-exercises-how-to-use-flow-resistant-straws

Lip Trills

Just in case you need a reminder of how to practise your lip trills, here are links to two video demonstrations!


16th November 2016

On Wednesday 16th November, we will have a presentation by Gladys Schofield on Understanding Influenza and Pneumococci disease. Gladys is a faculty member from the Centre for Nursing Studies.

9th November 2016

On Wednesday 9th November we will have a presentation by Carolyn Jerrett on The Secret to Healthy Eating

12th October 2016

On Wednesday 12th October we will have a presentation by Kim Ghaney, Supporting Health. At Home. Remote Patient Monitoring Program

September 23, 2016 

Just a reminder that we will be meeting on THURSDAY 29 September and THURSDAY 6 October at the Lantern. We look forward to seeing you next week!

13 July, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Susan Haskell, Respiratory Therapist, will be our guest speaker for the July 13 session. She will be giving a presentation on radon.

29 June, 2016  [held at the School of Music, Memorial University]

We are pleased to announce that Susan Haskell, Respiratory Therapist, will be our guest speaker for the June 29 session. She will be giving a talk entitled “Using the Air Quality Health Index”.

15 June, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Raymond Down, MScPT, BPAS, a clinical physiotherapist employed by Eastern Health, registered with the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Physiotherapists, a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine, will be our guest speaker for the 15 June session. He will be giving a presentation entitled, “Exercise is Medicine”.

18 May, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Susan Haskell, Respiratory Therapist, will be our guest speaker for the May 18 session. She will be talking about puffer technique and inhaled medication devices, because 90% of people are not using their puffers correctly!