Singing for Lung Health

Royal Brompton Hospital

  • Physical Health
  • Multiple Locations
  • 18+

Singing for lung health sessions are designed to be enjoyable and stimulating, as well as to help with your symptoms.

There’s increasing evidence that singing regularly as part of a group is good for your general health and wellbeing. On this page we explain how singing can help improve your control over your breathing, symptoms and general wellbeing.


Singing can:

  • improve health-related quality of life
  • be a fun group activity to reduce social isolation and loneliness and an opportunity to learn new skills and songs
  • help to improve posture
  • increase the strength of your voice


People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who join singing groups say singing regularly:

  • reduces their feelings of being short of breath
  • helps them to feel more in control of their breathing
  • helps them to manage their symptoms better


Across the UK there are now over 100 singing for lung health groups for people with lung conditions. The singing leaders who run these groups have been trained to run singing sessions that are designed to help manage your feelings of breathlessness. Other non-specialist singing groups may also be enjoyable and useful, but may not provide the full range of techniques to help you manage your lung condition better. It’s important your singing leader understands your lung condition so they can give activities that are safe for you to take part in.

Most of the research that’s been done so far has been with people living with COPD. But people living with other lung conditions such as asthma and pulmonary fibrosis may also benefit from joining a singing group.

Singing for lung health group leaders aren’t necessarily health care professionals. They have all received quality assured training. However, should you have a chest infection or have other concerns about your voice or health it is always best to discuss these with your GP.

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