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Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health

Sidney De Haan

Canterbury Christ Church University

The Block, 65-69 Tontine Street

01303 220 870

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The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health is committed to researching the potential value of music, and other participative arts activities, in the promotion of well-being and health of individuals and communities, and continues to build the case for Singing on Prescription.

The Centre has shown that group singing has positive benefits for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), people with Parkinson’s, people with Dementia, and people with enduring mental health issues.

The Centre conducted the world’s first randomised controlled trial on community singing with older adults, showing improvements in mental wellbeing. Other projects have included researching the value of drama workshops for children with communication difficulties and  the benefits of dance for people with dementia.

In 2014, the Centre was commissioned by Folkestone Triennial to produce Lookout a new choral piece that was created in a collaboration between the composers and the participants, including many local children and people with Parkinson’s and a filmed performance was displayed throughout the Triennial.

The Centre has contributed to the Inquiry Report (published in July 2017), led by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW). The full report can be downloaded here.

Stephen Clift (Director) is a member of the steering group for the Arts, Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group, set up by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).

Stephen Clift (Director) and Trish Vella-Burrows (Deputy Director) have both recently attended sessions, by invitation, at the House of Lords, to share their expertise in the field of arts and health.



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