Can singing help asthma sufferers? Here is some proof!

Singing and Asthma suffers…

asthma uk logoOn my Blog you will see an article regarding the NHS using singing for people who suffer from Asthma. However, I recently read another article on Facebook from Asthma UK.

…They published a new report which shows that unsafe prescribing and overuse of inhalers is putting the lives of more than 120,000 people with asthma at risk. Adding not to worry, because here is a guide

Again I found it to be very interesting. The NHS article I refer to is promoting how singing is helping asthma suffers with their breathing where they are not relying on the inhalers so much.

Here is my story about an asthma sufferer who became very famous!

facebook-John-Oxley-2015During the 1960’s,whilst I was teaching singing at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School a new teenage student arrived, but immediately I discovered she suffered from acute asthma and this created problems as she was unable to sustain the breath required for singing.

However together we continued working on vocal technique and over time there was a slight but noticeable improvement…I could go on but the rest is history, the lady I refer to became a household name and throughout her illustrious career played many roles in the entertainment industry winning numerous awards in acting and ‘singing’.

The lady is Jane Lapotaire, who went on to sing the lead role in the musical play Piaf (in the UK and on Broadway). Below is a video from Youtube demonstrating her wonderful character portrayal of Piaf (live):

I hope you liked this and enjoyed the singing and acting as much as I did. If so please share with your friends and family. Below is a video of Jane receiving the Tony award for best actress in Piaf.