Posts Tagged ‘Fundraising’

Actor Bob Cryer Walks 100 Miles for BAPAM (and Werner Herzog)

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Thanks very much to actor and writer Bob Cryer, who is about to walk 100 miles and donate funds raised to BAPAM.

You can read more about just why Bob is walking 100 miles (at the behest of film director Werner Herzog no less), and help us help performers beat work-related health problems here: Bob’s Herzog 100 Mile Walk

“I walk for several reasons, but chief among them has become the positive effect it’s had on my mental health. Life as an actor and writer can be incredibly rewarding and I consider myself very lucky to be able to spend my days pursuing a career in the arts, but it’s vagaries can often render you confused, stressed and isolated. Walking can help clear the mind and gain some perspective. On the whole, I feel like I’ve been spared some of the darker spirals that can take hold during a bout of black dog, but many others are not so fortunate.

A career in the arts, which is so reliant on self evaluation, self expression and self examination, can place a more targeted kind of burden on a person’s mental health. And when you consider that one in four people in the UK will experience mental health issues at some point their life, then consider what the effects are on those in the performing arts.

Yes, the highs are incredible but the lows are indelible”

Frances Wilson is Fundraising for BAPAM

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Frances Wilson PhotoWe are very grateful to Frances Wilson, aka music blogger The Cross-Eyed Pianist who, as well as organising Graham Fitch’s sold out performance of the Goldberg Variations in aid of BAPAM, has now set up a fundraising page on Just Giving to help support our work. Here’s why Frances is supporting us:

I and a number of other musician friends and colleagues have benefitted greatly from the expert, specialist services and support offered by BAPAM, including access to physiotherapists and hand specialists, workshops and training days examining issues such as posture, exercise and coping with performance anxiety, and free leaflets and helpsheets via their website.

Please help BAPAM continue its important work supporting musicians and performers by making a donation.

Thank you.

BAPAM make a real difference to musicians and all performers who are overcoming work-related health problems. We enable arts professionals to make informed decisions, access effective care and get back to performing as quickly as possible.

You can make a donation here.

Thank you! Pegasus Choir concert for BAPAM is a great success

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Thank you to Pegasus Chamber Choir and David Goudge, Sheila Reid, Zeb Soanes, Dr Frances Williams and the Guy’s Chapel and of course everyone who joined us at our Fundraising Concert on November 15th.

We raised over £2000 which will be of tremendous help in our work supporting good health throughout the performing arts. We will donate some of the proceeds towards the upkeep of the Chapel which is a wonderful venue used daily by hospital staff and patients.

Pegasus performed an outstanding programme beautifully. For the Fallen commemorated the centenary of the commencement of the First World War, featuring choral works by Holst, Reger, Ravel, Gurney, and Rachmaninov alongside poems by Sassoon and Owen.

You can find out more about Pegasus’ forthcoming concerts at, and the choir have recently released their first CD: Twelve Nights: A celebration of Christmas.

Pegasus Choir in the beautiful Guy’s Chapel

Sheila Reid, actress and Patron of BAPAM, reads poems by Vera Brittain and Anna Keown 

Reader, David Goudge

Broadcaster, Zeb Soanes. Patron of BAPAM, with Pegasus Choir, speaking in support of BAPAM and of his experience of successfully overcoming a voice problem with our help

Once again, thanks so much to all who helped to make this such a special event! If you’re interested in finding out more about future BAPAM events, please sign up to our Newsletter by entering your email address in the box below and hitting send.

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Mike Huntriss Runs 5K for BAPAM

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

We helped Mike overcome a career-threatening hand problem. Now he is raising money to help us. Please support!

I am a professional musician and BAPAM helped me to have career-saving surgery on my hands.

I decided to make positive use of my time off work so I took up running. As a long-term couch potato I found this challenging, but focusing on raising money for an excellent cause has kept me going!

On 7th June 2014, I’ll run 5km in the Poole Park run.

Please help BAPAM continue supporting performers with career threatening health problems - give a donation here 


Peak Performance 2014

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Ian MacDonald and an intrepid team of BAPAM supporters are climbing three Peaks in the Brecon Becons, South Wales. There are now a few Welsh 3 Peak Events but this is the original challenge, a circular walk of about 20 miles and 5000′ of ascent, which crosses over three prominent peaks around Abergavenny in Monmouthshire: Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid.

Sponsoring the team will help BAPAM continue supporting UK performing arts:

Performing arts professionals work in a competitive, highly skilled and often poorly paid industry. Behind the scenes, the physical and psychological pressures can be immense, and many people experience health problems or injuries affecting their ability to work. Access to expert health advice and support can be crucial for long term wellbeing throughout such a demanding career. BAPAM is a unique healthcare charity supporting individual performers and providing broader education and training.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

An Evening for BAPAM

7pm – 4th October 2013

49 Queens Gate Terrace, London SW7

An invitation to join us in a beautiful setting for an evening in support of BAPAM

The evening will include:

Wine and a buffet supper

Performances by Phil Scriven (piano), Jessie Grimes (clarinet) and Sarah Joyce (cello).

A presentation by Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, on his fascinating work.

If you would like to attend please phone us (020 7404 5888) or email as soon as you can. Places are limited to just under 100. We ask that you contribute £60 per head, of which £25 will cover costs – with the balance being a donation to our charity (with the option of Gift Aiding this element).

For over a quarter of a century BAPAM has been helping performers overcome health problems and injuries, and maintain long and healthy careers in a physically and psychologically demanding industry, where most earn low incomes.

Across the UK, our network of volunteer clinicians provide speedy, expert medical advice. We are an invaluable information resource for performers and medical practitioners. We hold training events for health professionals, run a postgraduate diploma in Performing Arts Medicine with University College London, and advocate for healthy practice and injury prevention within education and performing arts institutions.

BAPAM receives no public funding. All our income is generously donated – by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the performing rights body PPL, Musicians’ Union, Equity and the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Critically, we also depend on the generous support of individuals.

Sarah Joyce plays JS Bach, Sarabande

Peak Performance Fundraising Climb

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

After their success in last year’s Yorkshire Three Peaks climb, Ian MacDonald and Ben Lowe are taking on an even bigger challenge in aid of BAPAM.

We will be climbing all 3 of the UK’s highest mountains, beginning with Snowdon (1085m) in north Wales, then Scafell Pike (978m) in the heart of the Cumbrian Lake District and finally scaling the lofty great Ben Nevis (1344m), Britain’s highest mountain. We plan to complete within three days.

Next year we will be looking to turn this Three Peak Challenge into a large group event.

BAPAM’s future depends on voluntary donations. Sponsoring Ian and Ben is a fantastic way to help us continue supporting performing artists:

A very many thanks and to Ian and Ben, and good luck with the climb!

York Guitar Festival Concert

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

One of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar, Gary Ryan, is performing at the York Guitar Festival and we’re delighted to announce that there will be a charity collection at the concert in aid of Jessie’s Fund and BAPAM.

A unique opportunity to hear this internationally renowned performer, the recital takes place at Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick, on Friday 29th June 2012 at 7.30pm in the School Chapel.

Tickets for the concert are FREE but must be reserved by contacting Mrs Lynsey Griggs on 01904 728 261 or by email:

More Information about the concert and the York Guitar Festival here.

A huge thank you to the organisers of the concert!

Ian MacDonald Three Peaks Challenge for BAPAM

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Congratulations and THANKS to Ian MacDonald (BAPAM Voice Advisor) and Ben Lowe who have raised over £1200 for BAPAM on the Three Peaks Challenge, a hike of 35km (43km if you take the…scenic route).  Donations can still be made here:

Three Peaks Challenge – Yorkshire

Completed Sunday 15th April 2012 – within the 12 hour window.

An arduous day on the old ankles and knees as the terrain is varied, rugged and occasionally quite steep. There is also about 5km of “swamp” to wade through between the first and second peak.

The Peaks in order of completion for us were:

Pen-y-Ghent at 694m/2277ft; Whernside 736m/2415ft and Ingleborough 723m/7064ft – in total 2153m. The total altitude of 2153m seems a drop in the ocean compared to the 35km that have to be covered at a fair pace. Ben and I were lucky in that the weather was wonderful. Warm and sunny from 06:00 – a wee bit chilly at 06:00, but very sunny all day.

Right up until  we were about to set foot on the final peak of Ingleborough when we were suddenly bombarded by a terrific storm of hail stones! Ouch.

This must have dazed us, as we lost our way coming down and went nearly 8km of course. So instead of completing in about 9hrs we eventually finished at 11hrs and 33 minutes. Yeh!

We have raised over £1200 so far – so a huge thank you to those who had faith that we would be able to complete – it would be fantastic now that we have hobbled back to London to be able to reach our target so if you share the passion we have for BAPAM please help us reach the target:


BAPAM Newsletter April 2012

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Our April 2012 Newsletter is now available to download in pdf format here:

BAPAM Newsletter April 2012