The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick is hosting ‘Here’s a health to the company’ on 15 November 2019, a special event for researchers and practitioners in the field of social singing, health and wellbeing.

Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect, learn and share experiences of the role of social singing on health and wellbeing. The day will combine presentations, discussion and experiential elements.

Social singing is a common research interest across many faculty at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance with international resonances across health, education and community contexts. This seminar will concentrate energy and pool knowledge regarding the health and wellbeing benefits of social singing, from the perspectives of music therapy, community music, voice studies, traditional song, social justice and more. The three themes of the seminar are:

  • singing and social connection (local, global and virtual)
  • the health and wellbeing aspects of social singing
  • what constitutes good practice in social singing in Ireland.

Potential contributors are invited to contact by 15 October 2019.

This is a free event but registration is required:

For those who can’t make it on 15 November, the session from 10am – 12pm will be live-streamed including the keynote by Rebecca O’Connor and four short presentations on various aspects of singing for health and wellbeing by Sophie Lee, Hala Jaber, Dr Roisin Cahalan and Ronan de Burca.

The livestream will be on the Irish World Academy’s YouTube page:


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