Playlist for Parkinson’s


Music to Get Me Going:
Shotgun – George Ezra

David Sangster interviewed by Susanna Ward

Music for Everyday Tasks:
Mr Blue Sky – ELO

Music for Exercise:
Happy Together – The Turtles

Music for Walking:
Radetzky March – Johann Strauss II

Jane Gilmour interviewed by Abigail Davies

Music for Transcendence:
Caruso – Lucio Dalla

Music for Relaxing:
Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber

Mick Broad interviewed by Elena Orsi

Music as a Personal Anthem:
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

Music for Happiness:
With a Little Help from My Friends – The Beatles

Daisy Cameron vocals
Noah Curran guitar
Vivien Griffin bass
Charlie James keys
Jake Bott drums

Finlayson Quartet:
Georgina Finlayson, Julia Sandros-Alper violin
Nadia Eskandari viola
Lucy McLuckie cello

Olivia May soprano


Music can help improve the quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s, not only through the beauty of the melodies and the meaning of the words, but also because it has organisational and motivational properties that help improve mood and manage movements.  

Playlist for Parkinson’s is a way of sharing our research results about how, why and when people with Parkinson’s use music in their everyday lives. The concert programme, based on musical narratives of people with Parkinson’s, will include three people with Parkinson’s who have special stories about how music helps them. 

As explained by Alison (research participant):  

‘There is something about music that makes me move more easily and naturally, and lifts my mood, and whatever that something is, I would like some more of please! After all, music is non-invasive, non-addictive, freely available and doesn’t wear off with repeated use or have the unwanted side effects of the Parkinson’s drugs that we take every day.’ 

If you would like us to keep you updated with our research findings on music and Parkinson’s, and/or to let you know if we hold similar events in future, please email: [email protected]. 


We would be very grateful if you could fill in a short questionnaire as someone who attended our event today. To access this, please scan the following QR code: 

QR code for questionnaire


We are grateful to the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE) for awarding The Arnold Bentley New Initiatives Fund to support this event.  


We’d love to see you back with us again soon. As a thank you for joining us today, we’re offering all attendees two free tickets to an RNCM promoted event throughout our Autumn season (October – December 2022). Events will be on sale over the summer, so please keep an eye on our what’s on section ( and use the special promotional code PFP22 when booking.


If you would like an original artists playlist of tonight’s music, please email [email protected] and we will send you a link to Spotify. If you don’t have a Spotify account, you will be asked to set one up when you click on the link.