FORFAR people living with severe breathing difficulties were singing out and celebrating ‘finding a new voice’ at the Guide Hall in Forfar on Friday.
The Singing for COPD 10-week programme is run by Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in association with NHS Tayside.
It focuses on the benefits of singing, combining the practical benefits of breathing exercises with control which are both so important for helping people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to self manage their condition.
This is one of a range of art programmes for people with long term conditions currently being delivered by THAT
COPD is a lung disease characterized by chronic obstruction of lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing resulting in severe breathing difficulties.
People with COPD often adapt their lifestyles in a bid to reduce breathlessness - but keeping as fit as possible is important and the physical act of singing can help people with COPD to improve their breathing.
Singing coach Barbara Dymock has been working with the group of participants and over the course of the programme has encouraged them to find their singing voices by taking them through a range of breathing exercises.
On Friday participants performed their repertoire of songs which range from traditional Scottish songs to pop, gospel for family, friends and healthcare professionals.