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Wednesday 1 February, St Luke’s & The Winged Ox 6.30-9.15pm
Welcome to the launch of Breath Cycle II. We're thrilled you can join us tonight.
During lockdown, Scottish Opera repurposed the originalBreath Cycleproject (developed in 2012 to work with cystic fibrosis patients) to offer support to people living with the debilitating effects of Long COVID, typical symptoms of which include shortness of breath and extreme fatigue. Participants joined an online programme of gentle vocal training and breathing exercises, designed to re-build physical and mental resilience in a nurturing environment alongside others who were experiencing similar struggles.
In addition to the workshops, participants had the choice to join online song writing sessions, mentored by composerGareth Williamsand writerMartin O’Connor. These resulted in a series of songs, which form part of anew set of online resourcesnow available for free for anyone to use in a non-commercial context.
This launch event features the first public performance of these new songs, performed by musicians and singers from many genres, including Admiral Fallow’sLouis Abbott, as well as Scottish Opera’s 70-strongCommunity Choir. You can also hear from the project artists and participants about their experiences of engaging with Breath Cycle.
As you will see from the performances and conversations tonight, singing is the perfect workout for your heart, lungs, and even your brain! According to theBritish Lung Foundation, regular singing can have similar benefits to physiotherapy by:
Teaching you to breathe more slowly and deeply
Improving your sense of control over your breathing - which in turn reduces anxiety and potential feelings of panic
Improving posture to help you breathe more efficiently.
Additionally, singing in a group can introduce you to a network of likeminded people – creating an enjoyable, sociable, and rewarding experience!
We hope you enjoy this evening of connection and song.
Creatives & Facilitators
Composer Gareth Williams
Singers Louis Abbott David Douglas Kirsty Findlay Jessica Leary Gareth Williams
Writer Martin O’Connor
Musicians Karen MacIver - Piano Terez Korondi - Violin Sarah Harrington - Cello
Conductor Katy Lavinia Cooper
Interview Daniela Hathaway
Video Interview Wendy Paterson
Workshop Leaders David Douglas Daniela Hathaway Jessica Leary
'Things Are Piling Up...' Written by Gareth Williams, Sharon Miller and Martin O’Connor Pianist - Karen MacIver, Cellist – Sarah Harrington, Violinist - Terez Korondi
'Lullaby for Jess' Written by Gareth Williams, Martin O’Connor and Breath Cycle Participants Pianist - Karen MacIver, Cellist – Sarah Harrington, Violinist - Terez Korondi
'A Week Without Voice' Written by Gareth Williams, Linda Smith and Martin O’Connor Pianist – Karen MacIver, Cellist – Sarah Harrington, Violinist - Terez Korondi
'Worry Dolls' Written by Wendy Muzlanova and Gareth Williams Guitar – Louis Abbott
'Keep It Up' Written by Gareth Williams, Martin O’Connor and Breath Cycle Participants Pianist - Karen MacIver, Cellist – Sarah Harrington, Violinist - Terez Korondi
'I Remember' Written by Gareth Williams, Martin O’Connor and Breath Cycle Participants Pianist - Karen MacIver, Cellist – Sarah Harrington, Violinist - Terez Korondi
'This House is My House' Written by Gareth Williams, Martin O’Connor and Breath Cycle Participants Pianist - Karen MacIver, Cellist – Sarah Harrington, Violinist - Terez Korondi
'Out In All Weathers' Written by Gareth Williams, Martin O’Connor and Breath Cycle Participants Pianist - Karen MacIver, Cellist – Sarah Harrington, Violinist - Terez Korondi
Margaret Allan Robert Allen Carol Brown Emily Brown Ruth Brown George Campbell Moira Campbell Neil Campbell Lisa Chalmers Sue Clark Caz Cockburn Moya Cove Sandra Davies Daria Druzenko Eleanor Dyce Linda Entwistle Bernie Farrell Kathleen Fitzpatrick Marion Flett Francesca Helen Gardiner Carolyn Gilchrist Anne Higgins Agnes Kaczor Luca Kozma Una Kyle Susan Langridge
Alison Leask Loralee Lee Alasdair MacFadyen Cerys MacGillvray Kat MacLeod Madison Marone Tara Marshall-Tierney Judy McConachie Amy McDonald Morvin McElroy Margaret McGregor Alan McPherson Naomi Moore Barbara Quigley Sheila Roberts Maureen Rupp Helen Samborek Julia Sin Jennifer Stewart Jean Walker Siobhan Walsh Jane Wiggins Patricia Zecevi
Breath Cycle Participants
Rosemary Adams Christine Anderson Jean Anderson Paul Anderson Agnes Barclay Chiara Berardelli Ali Boyd Michelle Brewster Amanda Brown Anne Brown Shelagh Brown Laura Buist Elizabeth Burns Pat Burns Alison Careless Sarah Carrick Susanna Challinger Lisa Chalmers Jessica Chantler Martin Charlton Janet Clarke Louisa Cudahy Amy Devine Michael Dick Alan Dickens David H Dobson Lisa Donaghy Barbara Dunsmore Susan Easson Helen Fair Dominic Fergus-Allen Terry Fleming Crawford Flint Dianne Foy Jane Fraser John Fulton Lydia George Ruth Gill Anne Gilligan Justine Gordon-Smith Helen Gormley Alicia Grantham Jen Hanlon Nabilah Haq Susan Hargreaves Bridie Harkin Melanie Hart Janis Henderson Anne Houston Elinor Jayne Karen Johnson Alma Jones Frances Kelly Elizabeth King Mhairi Leather
Mary Mac Maggie MacBean Anne Macdonald Cass Macdonald Maggie MacRitchie Yvonne Malcolm Jennifer McCoull Kate McGarrigle Dorothy McKeane Dorothy McKeane Anne McLeish Katie Marsaili McLelland Fiona McLeod Lorna Mclintock Jim Mehta Gordon Melrose Sharon Miller Catherine Moore Catherine Morrison Margherita Muller Stuart Palmer Wendy Paterson Heather Patterson Ruth Patterson Moss Pepe Emma Phillips Debbie Proven Carolyn Raeburn Nell Regan Maureen Reith Karen Sandison Marie Scanlan Yasmeen Shah Alan Shenkin Michael Sherin Linda Smith Sandra Smith Marie Spalding William Spence Jane Stansfield Christine Startin Suzanne Steenson Jennifer Syme Cecilia Tortajada Wendy Tovell Wendy Usher Kathleen Walker Prue Watson Sally Watson Linda Wilkie Lesley Wilkinson Mary Woodward Susue Wotan Sheena Wurthmann Eliza
Breath Cycle II is an online project designed to benefit those living with a range of conditions affecting lung health, in particular Long COVID. New online resources, including vocal exercises, are now available.