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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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What is Performing Arts Medicine and Why is it Essential?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Jennie Morton speaks with the BMJ about the challenges of treating performing artists and musicians, her work with the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine, and the crossover project with the american college of sports medicine (

Jennie Morton is a UCL Honorary Lecturer on the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine, and lectures for The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, Dance UK and many performing arts schools and teaching organisations. She also co-runs a dance school in Tring, Hertfordshire, and is a faculty member of The Wells Summer School with Dancers of the Royal Ballet. She still performs as a professional singer with the Manhattan Music.

BAPAM Journal Relaunch

Monday, June 24th, 2013

After nearly eight years, we are happy to announce the re-introduction of The Journal of The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, covering a broad spectrum of topics related to clinical research, education and healthy practice within performing arts medicine.

The new Journal is a free online publication. You can download it in pdf format here: The BAPAM Journal Issue 1 June 2013. We recommend right-clicking and saving the file to your computer.

We encourage our readers to assist us by contributing articles, letters and email responses. Our contact details and further information can be found on the contents page of the Journal. We know that there are many of you working in, studying or fascinated by this specialism, and we hope to open a new channel of communication.

New Liverpool Performing Arts Medicine Clinic

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Are you suffering for your art?

BAPAM’s brand new Liverpool clinic takes place monthly from Monday 7th November 2011 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Dr Vivienne May will be advising professional and student performing artists about problems including:

  • performance related pain, overuse injuries, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, dance injuries, muscular tension, musculoskeletal problems caused by poor performance technique or posture.
  • voice loss or strain in singers, actors and other professional voice users, hearing problems.
  • stage fright, depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol misuse or addiction.

Full and part-time professional actors, dancers, musicians, circus and ‘variety’ artists, production crew, plus students and teachers of the performing arts can use our services. To book an appointment, call the BAPAM clinic line on 020 7404 8444.

More information about BAPAM’s free clinics, as well as invaluable advice on injury prevention, finding a suitable health practitioner, and our services for teachers and education providers can be found on our web site:

Other useful links:

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The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) is a registered charity providing specialist health support to performing artists. We are enormously grateful to The Musicians Benevolent Fund, The Musicians Union, Equity, The Incorporated Society of Musicians and PPL, for generously supporting our work.






Facebook and Twitter

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Two easy ways to keep up to date with performing arts medicine in the UK, and all BAPAM related information:

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Stage Fright and Well-being Survey

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Please note, this survey is now completed.

Danica Giles MBPsS (Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society) is investigating the effect of stage fright on the health and well-being of professional performing artists as part of her diploma thesis at the University of Tübingen, Germany.  If you are interested, take a look at the advert below.

Danica will share the results of this very interesting survey with BAPAM and the information will help our understanding of performers’ health. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Details of the survey findings will be available through the BAPAM website

This independent research project has been checked and approved by BAPAM but we do not have a role in the funding, design or analysis of this work. We will not ‘own’ the data or project findings.

Interested in research on the well-being of performing artists?

Participate in this online survey and you can win £100!

Are you a performer and would like to know more about how you can improve your health & well-being through recovery? Then I invite you to participate in a study about stage fright and well-being that I am conducting for my diploma thesis in psychology. Just follow the link below to a questionnaire that takes about 20 minutes to complete. Your participation is completely anonymous and you can leave the questionnaire at any time. The study has been given a favourable ethical opinion by the University of Surrey Ethics Committee. You will also be given the option to enter a draw to win one prize of 100 Pounds by providing your email address at the end of the questionnaire. In a few weeks’ time you will be able to read the results with tips on how to recover more effectively from stress (via a link given to you at the end of the questionnaire)!

CLICK HERE to complete the questionairre



Memorial Celebration for Ann Fingret

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Following the sad death of Ann Fingret in early March there will be a memorial celebration for Ann at Apothecaries Hall (please see the link below for address and travel etc): on Saturday 21st May 2011 at 11.30am.

Many of you will remember Ann fondly and will be aware of her hard work as a key player in establishing BAPAM and AMABO. Sir Alan Budd will be speaking at the memorial and there will be a representative from BAPAM’s staff team in attendance.

Thanks to Dr Jenny Lisle for letting us know about Ann’s memorial. If you would like to attend, please contact Peter Fingret via

Vox-Op Singer Support Group

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Oxford Jazz FestivalProfessional singer, Sophie Garner, with teacher, Mark Meylen and Speech and Language Therapist, Claire Wells, has set up the UK’s first support group for singers, Vox-Op.

The Group offers practical information and emotional support to professional singers who have vocal difficulties requiring surgical intervention.

Singers who are about to undergo an operation or have had an operation can attend a Vox-Op meeting by contacting them directly via Singing teachers and health care practitioners are also invited to email to refer clients and to find out more information.

Sophie Garner and Mark Meylen decided to set up Vox-Op when Sophie had to take time out from her singing career after a successful vocal operation. Sophie says, ‘VoxOp was formed with the intention of providing support for singers who have experienced severe vocal issues that require surgery, and to serve as a focal point for vocal teachers, healthcare professionals and most importantly the singer’.

We think Vox-Op sounds like a very useful resource for people who have to undergo vocal surgery. You can find out more about them at

If you’re worried about a voice problem, BAPAM offers free advisory consultations to singers, actors and other professional voice users in the performing arts. We can arrange reduced cost Speech and Language Therapy and Vocal Tuition at our London office. We can advise on whether a referral to an ENT consultant is necessary.

During the time she was unable to work as a singer due to her vocal difficulties, Sophie was given financial support by the Musicians Benevolent Fund who fully endorse the work of Vox-Op. The Musicians Benevolent Fund supports professional musicians who experience unexpected circumstances during their working lives. You can read Sophie’s full story in the Spring Edition of Notes, the Fund’s magazine.