The value of singing for health and wellbeing will be investigated at a lecture at Edge Hill University next week.

Professor Stephen CliftStephen Clift, Professor of Health Education in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University and Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health will speak at Edge Hill University on Tuesday 8 July.

In his lecture Professor Clift will discuss the findings of his recent research into arts and health and the potential value of group singing for wellbeing. The evening event will start at 6pm with a short performance by the Edge Hill choir.

The lecture has been organised as part of a series by I4P, the University’s Research Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice. I4P is a cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative established by the University in 2013 and led by Professor John Diamond.

Professor Diamond said: We are delighted to welcome Professor Clift to speak about his innovative research into the value of group singing for health and wellbeing. The De Haan Research Centre was established in 2005 and since then has made many original contributions to research on the value of singing for people with enduring mental health challenges and older people with chronic respiratory illness. We look forward to being able to discuss the findings and ways to apply this research into professional practice.”

The De Haan Centre has also conducted the first ever community based randomised controlled trial on the value of singing for older people, with funding from the National Institute for Health Research.

Professor Clift is a Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and has lead on developments within the Society related to creative arts and health. He has worked in the field of health promotion and public health for over 25 years and has made contributions to research, practice and training on HIV/AIDS prevention and sex education.

Registration starts at 5.45pm, to book a place click here.

To learn more about I4P, visit the site here.