Musical Athletes First Notes

We had a fantastic time last weekend at the Cheltenham Music Festival where BAPAM, along with the Cheltenham Festivals Laboratory, were responsible for four Musical Athletes sessions.

Our Medical Director, Dr Penny Wright, organised a great series of presentations from a range of healthcare experts and professional performers who gave insights into the variety of health problems they face. The sessions included interviews with performers, talks on performer anatomy (including a live endoscopy!) and demonstrations of Alexander Technique with students from the Guildhall.

A highlight of the weekend was a wonderful performance by renowned pianist Melvyn Tan, who was physiologically monitored by Dr Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music. The fascinating results were presented at a session later that day, as well as an interview with Melvyn on his experiences.

We’ll be compiling a report of this event soon – watch this space!

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