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Singing Medicine™

Bringing the benefits of singing play to children in hospital

Every Friday since 2004 Ex Cathedra’s award winning Singing Medicine team has brought singing play to children at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The team has developed some special repertoire and ways of working to enable children with life-limiting conditions to participate in, and benefit from, the singing activities. Singing is a special activity that brings feelings of well-being, and can stimulate or calm the body and our singing games have been designed to enable children of all capabilities and needs to be able to make decisions in an environment where they can feel all decision making and control has been taken away from them.

The project started at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 2004 and since then has won an NHS Health and Social Care Award, and most recently an award from the Royal Society for Public Health for outstanding contribution to the field of arts and health. The project has been delivered at Great Ormond Street, John Radcliffe, Warwick and Heartlands hospitals, as well as travelling to Auckland and Singapore.

We aim to make a difference to children and special moments have included children speaking for the first time following a coma, or smiling for the first time in weeks.

Singing Medicine makes you feel better and helps you play.” Patient, aged 6

He really enjoys himself and can feel that bit brighter. There’s a reason to get to the end of the week – because Singing Medicine is going to be there.”  Parent

Please support Singing Medicine by donating via our Just Giving page.

You can also support the project by buying our Singing Medicine CD, a journey of singing play, interactive songs and lullabies, perfect for parents and carers to sing with children at home and in the car.

Nursing Advisor ad co-creator: Sally Spencer

Want to find out more? Please contact Myriam Toumi: 0121 616 3412,

You can help us!

If you would like to make a donation to support the work of Singing Medicine, we woud be very grateful.If you wish to do so by sending a cheque, please make it payable to Ex Cathedra and let us know which project you would like to support. And do spread the word!

We would like to thank all the funders who have supported Singing Medicine.  Current major funders for Birmingham Children’s Hospital include:

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