Step Into Singing

26 October - 7 December 2021

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Part of the Footsteps Festival 2021, Step Into Singing is a series of online singing workshops designed especially for people living with persistent pain.

Developed in consultation with people with lived experience of persistent pain and specialist clinicians, Step Into Singing sessions intend to help you live well despite pain and discover the fun and freedom that singing can bring.  You’ll learn breathing techniques, mindfulness, vocal exercises and songs from a wide range of genres – all carefully crafted to support wellbeing and give you a healthy dose of joy!

Led by opera singer, Marie Claire Breen, Step Into Singing will be a warm and welcoming place for everyone, whether you already love to sing or never utter a note. Taking place in the comfort and privacy of your own home, all you need to join is an online device (smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer) and the willingness to give it a go. You might be surprised by what you can achieve under Marie Claire’s expert, friendly guidance.

The next block of free weekly sessions will begin on Tuesday 26 October. To sign up simply click the Book Now button and follow the steps to create an Opera North account and book your place.

All resources needed will be provided online during the sessions. If you have any questions at all please contact


What do I need?
All resources needed will be provided online during the sessions.

Still have questions?
Please get in touch by emailing


If you are interested to explore more about ways to live well with pain, then discover the Ten Footsteps guide. There are a host of other trusted resources and tools on the site to help guide you on this often tricky journey.

More details about Footsteps Festival 2021 programme of activities and events can be found on the My Live Well with Pain website, where you can also sign up for festival updates and new events.

Dates and times

All sessions will take place online via Zoom and the link to join will be sent to all participants in advance. Sessions are held weekly on Tuesdays at 12pm, lasting approximately 1 hour and include a break and plenty of opportunities for pacing as required.

Tuesday 26th October
Tuesday 2nd November
Tuesday 9th November
Tuesday 16th November
Tuesday 23rd November
Tuesday 30th November
Tuesday 7th December

Step Into Singing

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