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Event Report: Performers in their Environment Training Day

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Our November 2013 event brought together actors and musicians with professionals working in performing arts healthcare, education and support and welfare, for a stimulating investigation into the work, lifestyle and health realities of the industry.

Professor of Performance Science, Aaron Williamon, discussed musicians’ hearing and the tricky issue of noise regulations for workers for whom noise is their product.

Philip Turner, Senior Stage Manager of the English National Opera, shared valuable expertise and insights into the considerations of caring for performers, crew, and audience, and in supervising the work environment, both at the ENO in London, and on touring productions. Osteopath, Jennie Morton, presented on workplace hazards, drawing from her work as a performer (dance/theatre/singing).

Former professional oboist turned pioneering Performance Coach, Karen O’Connor, was joined by a singer and a double bassist to discuss novel applications of sport psychology for managing performance anxiety and developing mental toughness.

We also heard from professional performers about the ups and downs of their careers. Jungle Drummer, Chris Polglase, talked us through his career, from leaving music school in frustration at course requirements that he learn endless indie rock parts, to turning a hobby into a sustained professional career playing 180bpm drum & bass beats, alongside turntablists and musicians from a diverse spectrum of styles. Chris talked about the pressures of extensive touring, playing 5am gigs at clubs and festivals, studio sessions, and gradually learning self confidence and how to care for yourself.

Bringing a fascinating day to a close, David Sulkin, Chief Executive of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, interviewed two actors at very different stages of their careers – covering the stresses (physical, emotional and financial) and rewards of the profession.

We’d like to thank all the speakers, performers and attendees.  All agreed that first hand discussion with performing arts professionals proved especially valuable in providing perspective for those who seek to help care for their health and welfare. Thanks also to the Musicians’ Union for so generously providing the venue.

More information about our Training Days can be found here: BAPAM Training Days.

BVA Course: Irritant Issues: Reflux, Allergy and the Voice

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

This event, organised by the British Voice Association, takes place in London on Sunday, 12th January, 2014 9.30am – 4.30pm.

A multidisciplinary study day suitable for all professionals working with the voice. Subjects to be addressed will include how reflux and allergies can affect the vocal tract and how they can be managed through medication and diet.

Speakers agreed at this time:

Dr Rehab Awad, Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Mr Tomm Coles, Nutritional Therapist, Paget & Coles Ltd, London
Dr Gavin Jarvis, Lecturer in Pharmacology, Selwyn College, Cambridge
Professor Stephen O’Hickey, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Professor National Pollen and Aerobiology Unit, Worcester University.

For further information and booking click here. 

BVA Roadshow at the Gathering Voices Festival of Song in Bristol

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The British Voice Association hit the road for a workshop on voice health, spoken voice and singing technique at the Festival Of Song, where over 90 choirs drawn from all over the west will perform.

The speakers are Mike Thomas, Consultant ENT at the Cheltenham General Hospital Voice Clinic, Alison Sutton, Singing Rehabilitation Coach at the same clinic, Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and Frith Trezevant, Singing Teacher with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

The workshop is on Saturday 12 October at Soundworks in Southville, Bristol, and runs from 10 – 4. Cost is £25 for the day. Lunch is not provided. Find out more here: http://www.festivalofsong.org.uk/workshops/

Study Days from the British Voice Association

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The BVA has a number of courses coming up through September to November.

For full information on the following events take a look here: http://www.britishvoiceassociation.org.uk/events.htm

Rock and pop day - flyer
Voice and the Brain

Rock and Pop Day

Voice Science for Choirs: cutting edge thinking for choral conductors

Weak, Wobbly or Working?

Voice Clinics Forum

The State of Play 2013 – Musical Instrument Day

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Saturday 23rd March

10:00-17:00
(Registration from 09:30)
Saturday 23rd March

The Old Refectory, Wilkins Building, Main Quadrangle, University College London WC1E 6BT

A study day for performers, healthcare practitioners, music teachers, manufacturers and modifiers of musical instruments

Enhancing performance and facilitating healthier practice

Bespoke instrument modifications and manufacturing technology

Investigating tools for musicians’ rehabilitation from injury

Configuring the musical interface for healthy performance

Musical instrument ergonomics 

Sessions focusing on brass, strings and guitar

Full Day £75 Half Day £40

BAPAM Practitioner £65

Students £50

To reserve your place please email admin@bapam.org.uk and we’ll send you a booking form. 

More information: State of Play Instrument Day Programme

Photo: MFHiatt

Autogenic Training Course with Giovanna Reitano

Monday, December 17th, 2012

This course is provided independently by Giovanna Reitano, an AT practitioner with a background in the performing arts (music, drama and storytelling), and a member of the British Autogenic Society and the BAPAM Directory of Performing Arts Medicine Practitioners.

To find out more and for bookings, please contact Giovanna directly at autogenic-training@musarteandmore.com.

Enhancing Performance with Autogenic Training

Autogenic Training (AT) is a simple relaxation technique and alternative therapy which helps to reduce stress and stress-related conditions, enhance performance, and general well-being.

The seven weeks AT sessions/course helps to:

Bring the body and mind into a state of awake relaxation at will, for example also before or after a performance.

Reduce stress symptoms such as anxiety, stage fright, panic attacks, muscular and emotional tension, headaches and migraines, tiredness, sleeplessness.

Improve focus, concentration and creativity.

Enhance performance and self-esteem.

Develop a calmer attitude to stressful situations.

Venue: The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), Totara Park House, 4th Floor, 34–36 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HR.

Cost: A course of 7 weekly sessions costs £185.

BVA Study Day – How the Breath Inspires

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Experts including Alan Watson (The Biology of Musical Performance), Jeannette Nelson (Head of Voice, National Theatre) and Ed Blake (specialist physiotherapist) investigate the physiology of breathing. How does the mechanism of breathing relate to speech and singing?

How the Breath Inspires – the next British Voice Association Study Day, on Sunday 23rd September 2012, covers anatomy, physiology and function, and practical applications for voice, both spoken and sung. Workshop sessions explore links between breathing and voice.

Full programme and booking form here.

2012 Conservatoire Health and Wellbeing Symposium

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Hosted by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Tuesday 10th July, this symposium brings representatives from student services, student welfare and student unions from across all UK conservatoires together to discuss issues in and around:

  • Sustaining and enhancing desirable environments for study
  • Promoting and developing health and wellbeing resources
  • Enriching student experience and performance
  • Building participatory partnerships where best practice can be shared

Representatives of the Healthy Universities project and the Healthy Orchestra Charter as well as the Musicians Benevolent Fund Student Health Scheme will be there to join the discussion and share ideas on ‘How conservatoires deal with…’

 

 

Music Explosion

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The Midi Music Company provides a space for all children and young people aged five to thirty to be inspired to get into music and the creative industries. On Wednesday 27th June, Music Explosion brings together an expert panel, including BAPAM’s Clare Hicks and physiotherapist, Drusilla Redman, to share their knowledge about writing music, protecting your rights, health and support, hearing protection and the essential work of the Musicians Union.

Click here for all the information and to book your place.

 

BVA Study Day – From Pathology to Performance

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

News about the next British Voice Association Study Day:

From Pathology to Performance

Sunday 1st July, 2012 9.30am – 5.00pm

Baden Powell House, Conference Centre, 65-67 Queens Gate, London SW7 5JS

This study day is suitable for Speech Therapists, Singing/Voice Teachers and ENT Surgeons who work with injured performers. It will also be of interest to singers. The day will focus on the challenges injured performers present for their teachers and voice clinic teams and the possible treatments approaches they may need to help them return to successful performance.

Speakers include:

Tony Aymat – Consultant Otolaryngologist
Rehab Awad –
Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Dane Chalfin
– Vocal Rehabilitation Coach
Melanie Mehta
– Voice Teacher (Spoken Voice) and Voice Specialist, Speech and Language Therapist
Linda Hutchison
– Singing Teacher and Vocal Rehabilitation Coach, Lewisham & Medway Voice Clinics

Click here for Applications and Booking