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Fundraising concert for BAPAM featuring two Harpsichords

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

BAPAM relies heavily on the generosity of key funders for delivering specialised services to the performing arts community. We are also equally grateful for many individuals and local groups who also support us through fundraising at events such concerts and talks.

On Saturday 15th June at 5pm two eminent keyboard players David Hill and David Ponsford will be supporting BAPAM through a fundraising concert at a venue near the Cotswolds.

They will be playing a programme of J.S.Bach trio sonatas arranged for two harpsichords, which will include Sonatas 1,3,5 and 6.

The event has been generously organised by BAPAM’s Honorary Medical Director Dr Penny Wright and will take place at Syde Manor, Gloucestershire, GL53 9PN.

For more details/travel directions and to reserve a place, please email info@bapam.org.uk

Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) day 2019

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

There’s less than a month to go until a one-day course providing an introduction to Performing Arts Medicine. The annual PAM day is aimed at health professionals, performers, those studying and working in health sciences and performance academies.

PAM day will be held on Saturday 15th June at Institute of Sports Exercise and Health in London. It is organised by those involved in the Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL which is run by the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science.

So, what can you expect from the day? Well experts closely involved in the sector – including several BAPAM practitioners – will be leading sessions on a wide range of topics from clinical assessment of musician’s injury to performance anxiety and hypermobility in dance.

The MSc at UCL is a unique programme providing specialised training to those interested or already involved in offering health services to this very special sector of instrumental musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other performing artists.

BAPAM is closely involved with the MSc and our clinicians and registered practitioners are integral to the delivery of UCL’s Performing Arts Medicine MSc. Programme lead of the MSc and organiser of the PAM day Dr Hara Trouli is also an assessing clinician at BAPAM.

Director Claire Cordeaux says, “we are delighted to have been involved with the MSc from the start and it is wonderful to see how it is developing. We are proud to support this programme by offering clinical observation opportunities and enormously grateful to the graduates who go on to work with us.”

BAPAM Registered Practitioners may count attendance at this event as one of their mandatory biennial Performing Arts Medicine Training Days. As this event is administered by UCL, tickets must be booked directly with UCL and discounts for BAPAM Practitioners are not available.  To book tickets click here

New Clinics in Liverpool and Belfast

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

As part of our commitment to reach and support performers throughout the UK, we are pleased and excited to announce new regional clinics, this time in Liverpool and Belfast starting in May 2019. 

BAPAM are delighted to be working with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, who will host the clinic at the Philharmonic Hall, and Dr Marie McKavanagh, a Performing Arts Medicine specialist GP (and musician).

Liverpool Philharmonic have pioneered an exemplary approach to developing and supporting performance excellence through providing specialist health and wellbeing services to orchestra musicians. The positive effects of this investment are proving that performer wellbeing and artistic excellence are interlinked. Taking care of both also makes good business sense. Performers are healthier, happier, take less time off sick and are better prepared for elite performance. Through their key support for the new BAPAM clinic, Liverpool Philharmonic are now helping to bring this approach to the whole performing arts community.

The first clinic will be held on Wednesday 1st May. 

Belfast

BAPAM are also delighted to be working with the Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast’s music hub, who will host the clinic, providing vital support for a healthy and vibrant performing arts community.

The clinic is led by Dr Christine Hunter, a BAPAM and  NHS GP and Medical Adviser to the Ulster Orchestra.

BAPAM’s Belfast Clinic will be held monthly from May 22

Who is the clinic for?

If you make a proportion of your living from, or study in the performing arts, and have a physical or psychological health problem related to your work, BAPAM can help you. BAPAM clinicians can provide an accurate diagnosis and information to help you overcome problems. The BAPAM team can identify the best sources of ongoing care, both in the NHS and from other specialists, and advise you about sources of financial support for people experiencing health problems affecting their ability to work or study.

Other regional clinics:

Glasgow: Friday 10th May, 7th June

Leeds: Thursday 2nd May

How to book a FREE confidential appointment?

Call 020 7404 8444 to register | Or email info@bapam.org.uk

A major event in Occupational Health

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Are you a freelance performer, regularly working on short contracts and short-term engagements? BAPAM in collaboration with the Occupational Medicine Department of the Royal Society of Medicine is organising an event looking at Occupational health in the performing arts. The industry is commonly termed the original gig economy as a huge proportion of the workforce are composed of freelance performers. There is also unfortunately a high number likely to become injured or have other health problems as a result of their work.

In traditional settings occupational health teams keep people well at work – physically and mentally. But when it comes to the gig economy the healthcare support for a performer may not be as certain.

Amongst other things this event on 27th March 2019 will be looking at the health and work needs of the self-employed, especially those working in this gig economy. As well as the current needs and experiences of performers when they are faced with ill health and also performance-related injury and how they can be treated back in to work.

Click here to book on to the event which promises to be a very useful day for all performers and clinicians working with performers.

  • Interested in finding out more about occupational health and performing arts, there is a collection of resources on the subject on the Society of Occupational Medicine website.

 

BAPAM regional clinics update!

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

We’re excited to unveil more specialist BAPAM medical assessments for performing artists at our regional clinics in Birmingham and Glasgow during the month of March.

Birmingham

In addition to the musculoskeletal clinic led by BAPAM physio Louise Curley on 8th and 22nd March in Birmingham, March also marks the return of our GP led clinics.

Dr Diana Newson, GP

BAPAM GP Dr Diana Newson will be leading the clinic on 20th March. She has many years experience as a GP and enjoys the opportunity of working with performers. Dr Newson is a Grade 8 singer, pianist and violinist and currently sings with Birmingham Bach Choir.

The Birmingham clinics take place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.        200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham B4 7XR

Glasgow

Our next assessment in Glasgow will take place on 1st March with BAPAM assessing clinician Dr Pippa Wheble at the Scottish Opera Production Studios.  40 Edington Street, Glasgow, G4 9RD

To register and book your appointment call us on 0207 404 8444.

Call for Research Participants

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Are you a professional musician and do you engage heavily with social media and social networking sites? Tom Wegg-Prosser, final year MSc student in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University is looking for solo artists, lead singers, dance and electronic acts to take part in a qualitative research study. It’ll look at the experience of professional musicians engaged with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and YouTube.

Participants would ideally have a rich relationship with these sites, actively engaging and posting regularly. Interviews will be recorded taking 45 minutes to an hour and ideally be face to face, although there is a possibility for phone or Skype interviews.

The study will add to the body of research around musicians’ mental health. MSc student Tom Wegg-Prosser who’s conducting the survey says: “Anecdotal evidence in media is that more and more musicians can have positive and negative relationships with social networking and social media sites.  Some studies have highlighted this is at times a problematic relationship.”

The Interview is intended to be exploratory, open and only semi structured. It will be a broad conversation about the musicians’ experience of this subject.

To get involved click image

Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) day

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

It’s been a busy year for all things Performing Arts Medicine (PAM). Here’s a look back at one of the highlights of the year.

The annual PAM DAY 2018 was held at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health on 21st July and organised by the Department of Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. It was a chance for health professionals, stage performers, and students and staff in health sciences and academics to get acquainted with this area. The idea is that they learn about clinical assessments, recovery and rehabilitation specific to performers in music and dance, as well as performer health education and injury prevention.

Programme lead of the Msc at UCL is musckuloskeletal doctor Dr Hara Trouli, who’s also one of BAPAM’s assessing clinicians. Here she is talking about how the day went.

“PAM day was a successful event for BAPAM practitioners and all clinicians and performers who attended. A range of presentations in music and dance with two streams running all day gave attendees the opportunity to learn a variety of topics, to meet MSc graduates and tutors and to hear about their research projects. PAM DAY received great feedback and we are pleased to see the growing interest and participation in these events.”

The Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL is a unique programme providing specialised training to those interested or already involved in offering health services to this very special sector of instrumental musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other performing artists.

Applications for the next academic year in September 2019 is open and closes on 26th July 2019. Click here to find out more

A nod to BAPAM’s work in October’s edition of Classical Music magazine

Friday, October 19th, 2018

A write-up about BAPAM concluded a series of articles on health and wellbeing in the prestigious music publication. Our charity was the focus of a two page spread and was described as the umbrella organisation which is the “go-to point” for performing artists suffering with medical issues.

If you’ve ever wanted to know all the services that BAPAM provides then this article pretty much covers it all. BAPAM’s Information Officer Dan Hayhurst was interviewed for the article.

Read the full article here

Do It Differently

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

A brand new fund has been set up to support the careers of 20 independently-driven music creators by one of BAPAM’s major funders Help Musicians UK. The Do it Differently fund is being called the most comprehensive support for this group of performers yet.

Worth a total of £200,000, the UK wide initiative will be open to application from producers, composers, songwriters, musicians, DJs and others at any stage of their career. The fund is for solo artists, groups or ensembles of six members or less. It will assist with three aspects of their work, which includes their own wellbeing, but also business and creative development. Creatively, that could be songwriting, composition, recording, releasing and touring. Do It Differently will also provide the music makers with access to top business experts to advise on developing sustainable business plans.

BAPAM Director Claire Cordeaux said: “Keeping healthy is an essential part of sustaining a successful career in music and we’re delighted that HMUK is supporting this holistic approach to awards for music creators. We’ve had some top performers, tour managers and psychotherapists advising us on the healthy touring programme and look forward to working with the award winners.”

To apply click here to head to the HMUK website, applications can be made online in a written or video format.

Rock and Pop Weekend 2018

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

A who’s who of voice experts will be gathering at the British Voice Association’s weekend workshop in London for singers, vocal coaches and voice professionals this November.

Geared especially for the genres of rock and pop, a range of some serious big hitters from the industry will be present and imparting their wisdom. Some of the names include Mary Hammond and Kim Chandler some of the most well known vocal coaches in the business. The weekend kicks off with a workshop on the evening of Saturday 24th November at the Royal Academy of Music.

Then the following day will be very much multi-disciplinary in nature, with sessions led by prolific vocal coaches, as well as specialist medical health practitioners who treat voice professionals regularly. The venue for this session will be Cecil Sharp House. For more information and a look at the full programme click here..