Maria Soriano, founder and facilitator
I am a musician, singing for health leader and an educator, with experience in teaching music for health and wellbeing and a background in public health.
I have 23 years of experience in choir leading, voice training and community building for adults lifelong learning, with a wide range of interdisciplinary training (CV on request) and experience in training of facilitators.
I ground my work in the exploration of the creative performer and the relationship between health and singing. I have delivered training for music teachers and designed curriculum and structure for various organisations. I have been occasional lecturer at Kingston University Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and I am a steering committee member of the Music, Spirituallity and Wellbeing International Organisation, working with the Rev Professor June Boyce-Tillman.
I got to conduct one of the first Choirs for people living with HIV in the UK, Positive Voices, that later became the Bloomsbury Choir. I delivered numerous workshops for organisations such as MENCAP, Refugee Action, Queen Mary’s Hospital and St George’s Hospital, Heritage2health, Maudsley Learning, Four in Ten (LGBT service users at the Maudsley Hospital) and became an occasional lecturer for Kingston University Faculty of Health and Social Care through Heritage2Health.
So many learning opportunities around took me to learn more about singing and health, as I joined training courses in Dementia and the Arts, Mental Health, Health Improvement, Menopausal and Ageing Voices, Singing for Lung Health, Singing for COPD, Dementia Awareness Training, Facilitation in Mental Health and Prison Settings, Public Health amongst others, and I joined the Winchester University Health and Wellbeing Research Group at the Centre for the Arts and Wellbeing.
Through personal and collective exploration, developed my interpretation of Primal Singing Integrative™ and I love that some students call it “singing without words”, that you can read about in Living Song (Peter Lang editors 2021).
I am Associate Member of The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and part of the Singing for Health Network.