improving quality
by all singing

The award-winning ‘Singing 4 Breathing’ group was set up in 2015 by James Wyatt, an Occupational Therapist, who was studying the benefits of singing for people with respiratory conditions

James started the first group in Northampton and the number of singers has now risen to about 65 people who attend the weekly sessions. Groups in Corby and Wellingborough soon followed and now the Singing 4 Breathing group has about 150 members.

Research evidence has proven that singing can benefit people with COPD by working the diaphragmatic muscles and therefore helping to improve lung function.

Singing is also a fun way to practice deep breathing and a great way for people to come together to share their experience and gain support.

Soon after starting, James teamed up with Chris Startup a local musician who facilitates the group. Chris has a lot of experience, having been trained by the British Lung Foundation and he incorporates breathing exercises and singing into each session. In August 2017, Singing 4 Breathing expanded again, and we now also offer the only harmonica class in the UK designed especially for people with respiratory conditions.


James Wyatt

Occupational Therapist,
director and founder of
Singing 4 Breathing

Chris Startup

songwriter, performer
& group leader


Professional musician,
choir leader and classically
trained singer

Louise SmitH


Singing 4 Breathing for breathing is reliant on the many amazing volunteers who give up their time and enthusiasm to help make this happen. If you would like to volunteer for Singing 4 Breathing please get in touch, your help is very much appreciated.


The Singing 4 Breathing choir has gone from strength to strength in an incredibly short time, performing live across the county in numerous venues form theaters such as the Royal & Derngate in Northampton to shopping centers and even recording for the NHS. The choir features COPD sufferers who originally joined a Singing 4 Breathing class to help make a difference to their condition. The choir is truly an inspiration and testament to the benefits and powers of singing for people suffering with lung conditions.


Meet, chat and sing…it’s good for you!

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For further information or any questions you may have about our classes or about getting involved with Singing 4 Breathing,
please call: 07815 963 173‬. Or click below to email us.

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