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BAPAM returns to Scotland!

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

We’re very pleased to announce that BAPAM is reintroducing its free medical assessment clinics to help performing artists based in Scotland. The clinic, which will take place at Scottish Opera’s Production Studios on Friday 8th June, will be held by Dr. Philippa Wheble BSc Hons (Pharmacology), MBChB, DRCOG, who is an NHS GP and a graduate of the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. Pippa is herself a keen performing artist. She plays violin and viola and trained as a dancer.

For further details or to book your place, please contact BAPAM on 020 7404 8444.

Shoulder pain – free advice for musicians

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Instrumental musicians often experience symptoms of pain, weakness, fatigue or tension around the shoulder area and there is no mystery to their origin. At this forthcoming free advice session, which is the first in a new series, performance therapist Nikki Rawlings and performing arts orthopaedic clinician Dr Hara Trouli, both of whom are BAPAM registered clinicians, will try and explain how these symptoms are developed, maintained with playing and what can be done to relieve them and eventually control or abolish them in the long term. The event is organised by PhysioEd Medical’s musicians clinic and is free of charge. You can register here info.belsize[at]physioedmedical.co.uk

The Music Commission: Opportunities and Barriers to Progressing in Music

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

The Music Commission, supported by ABRSM, has launched its first call for public evidence, with a survey containing a series of specific questions around progress in the development of a musical life. Taking part enables all voices to be heard, so if you are involved in music education – as a music leader, teacher, learner, or consumer – The Music Commission would like to hear from you!

Have you found abundant opportunities to develop your musical practice or have there been barriers to participation in musical life? What are your positive and negative experiences of learning and work environments, your peers in the arts community, teachers, employers, media, access to venues and rehearsal space,  housing, earning a living or supporting yourself through university? Perhaps you have you encountered health problems that have been a barrier to progress – there are significant physical and psychological demands placed on music students and professionals, which can be eased or exacerbated by social factors.

Please take the survey here.

The Music Commission is also asking organisations within the music sector to run focus groups, an initiative you can find out about here: Let’s Talk Music. The questions are modeled on the online survey.  How the discussions take place and in what context however, are entirely up to the organisation hosting them. The aim of the group is to discuss questions and then to put together a collaborative statement which draws on the thoughts, feelings and opinions of the group.  This can be submitted in writing, or using recordings, video content or images.

 

Grand Order of Water Rats pledges support for BAPAM

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Grand Order of Water Rats has become a major supporter of BAPAM with annual funding to help us grow our performing arts specialist health service.

The GoWR join our partner organisations, Help Musicians UK, The MU, Equity, PPL, and the PRS Members Benevolent Fund, in recognising and supporting the need to develop accessible, specialist and effective medical support for performing arts professionals and students overcoming career-related health problems.

Councillor Mike Martin said,  “The splendid work and dedication of BAPAM most definitely ticks the boxes of our basic remit… to assist fellow performers who are in need. We are delighted to support such a worthy organisation.”

Freeing the Dancers Voice, March 2018

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Are you a dancer increasingly called upon to sing during performance? A singer increasingly called upon to dance? In London on Sunday 18th March the British Voice Association is running a multidisciplinary workshop, Freeing the Dancer’s Voice, in how to successfully face the challenges of combining talents in the same performance. It boasts a panel of esteemed therapists, tutors and other specialists, including specialist performance physiotherapist, Ed Blake, and osteopath and UCL Performing Arts Medicine MSc graduate, Tommi Sliiden.

Sunday 18th March 10:30am-5pm

Arts Educational School, Chiswick, London W4 1LY

For further details and to book your place contact administrator[at]britishvoiceassociation.org.uk or visit www.britishvoiceassociation.org.uk

BAPAM Director Appointed

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

We are delighted to welcome our new Director, Claire Cordeaux

Having started her career as a youth and community worker over 30 years ago, Claire Cordeaux has worked in the private and voluntary sectors, social care and the NHS, covering early years and children’s services, workforce development, health strategy, research and innovation at international, regional and local levels. In addition to a language degree, Claire holds a Masters in Research and Postgraduate Diplomas in Public Sector Management and Youth and Community work. Prior to her current role, Claire was Healthcare Director of SIMUL8 Corporation, working globally to improve healthcare using computer modelling and simulation. Claire is an active musician in a Celtic folk fusion band, and has supported a number of arts initiatives and festivals from youth music projects to running a boat stage to connect performers in coastal areas.  Now Director of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, Claire counts herself as very lucky to have a role which combines her two passions of health improvement and performing arts.

Injury Prevention at The Purcell School for Young Musicians

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

The Purcell School’s Specialist Physiotherapist, Sarah Upjohn, has had her pioneering work incorporated in the school’s new Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Policy. While working at the school (and helping performers here at BAPAM), Sarah’s Doctoral work at the University of Cambridge has focused on preventing playing-related injuries in young musicians. Most of these problems, which musicians starting university and entering the profession frequently already suffer from, are preventable. The Purcell School’s strategy to identify risk factors and improve injury prevention awareness among pupils, staff, parents and all involved with the school, is exemplary in preparing young musicians for healthy and succesful careers.

Find out more and read the policy here.

Happy Christmas!

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Dr Christopher Wynn Parry

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Sadly, our colleague and friend, Dr Christopher Wynn Parry passed away, aged 90, on 24th February, 2015. Kit worked tirelessly with BAPAM for many years, sharing his invaluable expertise with countless performers, and was a key figure in the development of the organisation. We will greatly miss him.

We send our deepest condolences to his family.

A memorial will be held in October 2015. More details to follow.

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