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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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Monday, October 13th, 2014

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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:

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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.






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Monday, October 17th, 2011

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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