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Acclaimed Pegasus Choir give Concert for BAPAM

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, London’s prize-winning Pegasus Choir presents For the Fallen, an evening of music and poetry written during the first world war and in response to it.

Please join us for our fundraising concert which we’re delighted to be hosting in the beautiful and historic 18th Century Guy’s Chapel. There is a history of caring and medical endeavour in this corner of London, since the monks at what is now Southwark Cathedral began to care for the sick in the 12th Century.  Their hospice later became St Thomas’ Hospital (and Guy’s developed from there in the early eighteenth century). A superb setting for us to come together to support BAPAM and help performing arts professionals and students affected by physical and psychological health issues.

For the Fallen

Saturday, 15 November 2014, 7.30pm

The Guy’s Chapel, King’s College, London

All tickets are £15.

Book online here: 

The programme includes choral works by Holst, Reger, Ravel, Gurney, and Rachmaninov alongside poems by Sassoon and Owen.

Directed by Matthew Altham, the Pegasus Choir will perform works by composers who experienced the war at first hand, such as Ivor Gurney, who was forever changed by what he witnessed, and Maurice Ravel, who wrote his only choral music while waiting to go to the front to serve as a driver. The programme includes movements from Sergei Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, composed for fundraising concerts for Russian soldiers, and the rarely performed Short Requiem written by Walford Davies in 1915 to commemorate the fallen. The evening will also feature readings of poems and letters by writers who served in the trenches.

This year, Pegasus has performed For the Fallen to packed audiences in London and Winchelsea. Audience members wrote that the concert was “wonderfully programmed, very thoughtful and thought-provoking”, “very moving” and “an absolute joy”.

Pegasus is one of London’s most versatile and accomplished chamber choirs. In 2013 it was awarded the Chamber Choir prize at the Florilège Vocal de Tours International Choral Competition in France. Pegasus sings regularly with leading conductors and ensembles such as Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Orchestra, and has also performed with ballet dancer Carlos Acosta at the London Coliseum and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The choir has been featured on BBC television and radio, Channel 4 and Classic FM.

Ticket sales support the work of BAPAM – a unique not-for-profit healthcare organisation supporting performing arts professionals and students affected by physical and psychological health issues. A proportion of the proceeds will also be donated towards the upkeep of the Chapel.


Friends of BAPAM 2014

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Current BAPAM supporters will have recently heard about the re-launch of our Friends Scheme.

Becoming a Friend of BAPAM is a great way to give a regular donation and help us keep the UK’s vibrant performing arts scene in good health.

Friends receive priority booking for BAPAM events such as fundraising concerts and performance workshops as well as our free online newsletters.

BAPAM is a unique non-profit organisation helping performing arts professionals and students overcome work-related health problems arising throughout the course of their career. We provide clinical assessments and information as well as educational programmes on healthy performance practice. Demand for our services is rising year on year.

Performing artists and technical crew are highly skilled but work in a competitive industry, often on low incomes and under immense physical and psychological pressure. Illness or injury can lead to stress, financial hardship and even the end of a promising career.

BAPAM receives no government funding. We are able to offer free and accessible services thanks to our dedicated clinicians, charitable grants, donations and gifts.


Individual membership is £50 per year payable annually by Cheque/CAF voucher or Standing Order.

Click here to become a Friend of BAPAM

If you’d like to obtain a leaflet (or a supply of leaflets for distribution), they are available from the BAPAM office.


For more information about our current work, please read on:

BAPAM remains a unique non-profit healthcare organisation

For over 20 years, our aim has been to support performing arts professionals and students faced with an injury or health issue which affects their ability to work and perform. We continue to do this through one-to-one advice and clinical assessment services and through our national programme of education and training.

Changes at BAPAM

2012 and 2013 were eventful years for BAPAM. Naomi Wayne, our former Chief Executive, retired in July 2012 after seven years service. At the same time, we underwent an in-depth review by our main funders the Musicians Benevolent Fund (now Help Musicians UK). Deborah Charnock was appointed as Interim CEO to oversee a year-long review and improvement process, working alongside our skilled Clinics Team, Clare Hicks and Dan Hayhurst, and dedicated clinicians and Trustees.

The process was hugely successful, and at the end of 2013, we secured support from all our main funders to the end of 2016. Deborah was offered a permanent position, and BAPAM is enjoying buoyant activity and planning for the future.

Clinical Activity

Our clinics remain our core service and we have been very busy.  In our central London clinic, performers have access to clinicians from a range of healthcare backgrounds – including general practice, rheumatology, surgery, physiotherapy, psychology and vocal health. We also provide free assessments with specialist GPs at various locations around the UK.

During 2013, we registered 843 new patients and provided over 1,200 free consultations for performers and students including musicians, singers, composers, actors, dancers, crew, and technical staff. Many of our clinicians and practitioners also offer reduced rate follow-up care in our London clinic, and provided over 800 therapeutic appointments during 2013.

We also introduced an online feedback system which demonstrated the value of our services – over 95% of new patients rated all aspects of BAPAM’s advice and support as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.


Our knowledgeable Team provide advice and information to performers through our Helpline, website and social media. During 2013, our website visits increased by 70% to over 140,000 – mainly accessing our News page, clinics information, Directory, and free downloadable health resources.

Education and training

Through our Education and Training programme, we offer regular open-access performer health awareness events as well as bespoke services, all delivered by our skilled staff and clinicians. Hundreds of performers, teachers, students, and healthcare professionals attended our events during 2013, and we will be formally launching our practitioner-led Trainer Network later this year.

Our unique MSc in Performing Arts Medicine entered its third successful academic year in 2013 and is now fully supported by University College London. Several students and graduates have become involved in research and practice at BAPAM, and provided valuable contributions to the BAPAM Journal, which was re-launched last June.

Student Advocate Scheme

Following its successful establishment in Leeds, the Student Advocate Scheme was extended during 2013 and now includes Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, with additional institutions in the pipeline.

Association of Medical Advisers to British Orchestras

The AMABO network of volunteer doctors continues to provide independent advice and support to orchestra members throughout the UK.


Mike Huntriss Runs 5K for BAPAM

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

We helped Mike overcome a career-threatening hand problem. Now he is raising money to help us. Please support!

I am a professional musician and BAPAM helped me to have career-saving surgery on my hands.

I decided to make positive use of my time off work so I took up running. As a long-term couch potato I found this challenging, but focusing on raising money for an excellent cause has kept me going!

On 7th June 2014, I’ll run 5km in the Poole Park run.

Please help BAPAM continue supporting performers with career threatening health problems – give a donation here 


Peak Performance 2014

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Ian MacDonald and an intrepid team of BAPAM supporters are climbing three Peaks in the Brecon Becons, South Wales. There are now a few Welsh 3 Peak Events but this is the original challenge, a circular walk of about 20 miles and 5000′ of ascent, which crosses over three prominent peaks around Abergavenny in Monmouthshire: Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid.

Sponsoring the team will help BAPAM continue supporting UK performing arts:

Performing arts professionals work in a competitive, highly skilled and often poorly paid industry. Behind the scenes, the physical and psychological pressures can be immense, and many people experience health problems or injuries affecting their ability to work. Access to expert health advice and support can be crucial for long term wellbeing throughout such a demanding career. BAPAM is a unique healthcare charity supporting individual performers and providing broader education and training.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

An Evening for BAPAM

7pm – 4th October 2013

49 Queens Gate Terrace, London SW7

An invitation to join us in a beautiful setting for an evening in support of BAPAM

The evening will include:

Wine and a buffet supper

Performances by Phil Scriven (piano), Jessie Grimes (clarinet) and Sarah Joyce (cello).

A presentation by Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, on his fascinating work.

If you would like to attend please phone us (020 7404 5888) or email as soon as you can. Places are limited to just under 100. We ask that you contribute £60 per head, of which £25 will cover costs – with the balance being a donation to our charity (with the option of Gift Aiding this element).

For over a quarter of a century BAPAM has been helping performers overcome health problems and injuries, and maintain long and healthy careers in a physically and psychologically demanding industry, where most earn low incomes.

Across the UK, our network of volunteer clinicians provide speedy, expert medical advice. We are an invaluable information resource for performers and medical practitioners. We hold training events for health professionals, run a postgraduate diploma in Performing Arts Medicine with University College London, and advocate for healthy practice and injury prevention within education and performing arts institutions.

BAPAM receives no public funding. All our income is generously donated – by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the performing rights body PPL, Musicians’ Union, Equity and the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Critically, we also depend on the generous support of individuals.

Sarah Joyce plays JS Bach, Sarabande

Peak Performance Fundraiser Update

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

En route from Scafell to Ben Nevis, Ian and Ben found time to send us some pictures from their wintry jaunt round a few moderately precipitous hillocks. You can sponsor them here and help BAPAM support UK performers:

Winter conditions atop Snowdon

Scafell, cold and blustery

Our intrepid fundraisers

Peak Performance Fundraising Climb

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

After their success in last year’s Yorkshire Three Peaks climb, Ian MacDonald and Ben Lowe are taking on an even bigger challenge in aid of BAPAM.

We will be climbing all 3 of the UK’s highest mountains, beginning with Snowdon (1085m) in north Wales, then Scafell Pike (978m) in the heart of the Cumbrian Lake District and finally scaling the lofty great Ben Nevis (1344m), Britain’s highest mountain. We plan to complete within three days.

Next year we will be looking to turn this Three Peak Challenge into a large group event.

BAPAM’s future depends on voluntary donations. Sponsoring Ian and Ben is a fantastic way to help us continue supporting performing artists:

A very many thanks and to Ian and Ben, and good luck with the climb!

Jacqueline du Pré Concert – 5 March

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

A special evening in aid of the Musicians Benevolent Fund at Wigmore Hall

The Jacqueline du Pré concerts are held annually to perpetuate the memory of Jacqueline du Pré, one of the greatest cellists of her generation, who died of multiple sclerosis at the age of 42. Since 1996 these concerts have raised money for different musical and medical charities. This year the concert is held in aid of the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

The funds raised will be dedicated to the Fund’s Jacqueline du Pré Special Fund which supports musicians with a serious disability. The Fund currently helps more than thirty musicians with MS, other degenerative diseases or spinal cord injuries.

Book tickets here

York Guitar Festival Concert

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

One of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar, Gary Ryan, is performing at the York Guitar Festival and we’re delighted to announce that there will be a charity collection at the concert in aid of Jessie’s Fund and BAPAM.

A unique opportunity to hear this internationally renowned performer, the recital takes place at Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick, on Friday 29th June 2012 at 7.30pm in the School Chapel.

Tickets for the concert are FREE but must be reserved by contacting Mrs Lynsey Griggs on 01904 728 261 or by email:

More Information about the concert and the York Guitar Festival here.

A huge thank you to the organisers of the concert!

Ian MacDonald Three Peaks Challenge for BAPAM

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Congratulations and THANKS to Ian MacDonald (BAPAM Voice Advisor) and Ben Lowe who have raised over £1200 for BAPAM on the Three Peaks Challenge, a hike of 35km (43km if you take the…scenic route).  Donations can still be made here:

Three Peaks Challenge – Yorkshire

Completed Sunday 15th April 2012 – within the 12 hour window.

An arduous day on the old ankles and knees as the terrain is varied, rugged and occasionally quite steep. There is also about 5km of “swamp” to wade through between the first and second peak.

The Peaks in order of completion for us were:

Pen-y-Ghent at 694m/2277ft; Whernside 736m/2415ft and Ingleborough 723m/7064ft – in total 2153m. The total altitude of 2153m seems a drop in the ocean compared to the 35km that have to be covered at a fair pace. Ben and I were lucky in that the weather was wonderful. Warm and sunny from 06:00 – a wee bit chilly at 06:00, but very sunny all day.

Right up until  we were about to set foot on the final peak of Ingleborough when we were suddenly bombarded by a terrific storm of hail stones! Ouch.

This must have dazed us, as we lost our way coming down and went nearly 8km of course. So instead of completing in about 9hrs we eventually finished at 11hrs and 33 minutes. Yeh!

We have raised over £1200 so far – so a huge thank you to those who had faith that we would be able to complete – it would be fantastic now that we have hobbled back to London to be able to reach our target so if you share the passion we have for BAPAM please help us reach the target: