Posts Tagged ‘Performing Arts’

Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association Study Day

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association (OPACA) are a group of osteopaths who have a special interest in the care of performers. Members include BAPAM registered osteopaths Michael Mehta, Karolin Krell, Nikki Ellis, David Propert, Alison Judah, Toby Pollard-Smith and Lazarus Nono.

Presented by dancer and choreographer, Russel Maliphant, and Osteopath, Andrew ferguson, the first OPACA Symposium and study day, The Dancer’s Body: Integrity and Fluidity, will be held on Saturday May 6th at the General Osteopathic Council in London.

Find out more here.

January 2017 Newsletter

Friday, January 20th, 2017

2017 is off to a flying start here at BAPAM, and we already have some great events to share. Our Training Day on May 20 focuses on Anxiety. YCAT’s next Sounding Board event for performers covers health and wellbeing and features BAPAM Trainer, Jane Oakland. On March 17, Graham Fitch gives a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in support of BAPAM. We also have news of our next Induction Day, which is open to all – an introduction to the field of performing arts medicine and a great way to find out more about our work and how you could get involved.

Read our January 2017 Newsletter here.

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2015 Annual Review

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

How do we help artists & creators?

Our 2015 Annual Review is now published. Read it here.

Like athletes, performing artists need to be as healthy as possible, yet are constantly at risk of injury and illness. In some ways performers are more vulnerable – risking muscle damage, hearing difficulties, voice loss, severe stress and anxiety. Yet unlike sportspeople, their health problems are largely unrecognised, so that if they get sick, they struggle to find health practitioners who really understand their needs.

BAPAM has been helping performers since 1984. We have in-depth understanding of their work-related health problems. We also appreciate the financial and other career pressures they are under. Our services are unique, essential and irreplaceable – they save careers and enable Britain to maintain its top class performing arts scene.

It is excellent to receive such an expert service, especially as I am a musician of limited financial ability. I have been strongly reassured and leave here very happy that I can keep playing

I have used your services before and always had a good experience. I was remembered by the staff and felt so welcomed back. I have only great things to say about BAPAM. It’s such a valuable service to professionals

The clinician was very warm and knowledgeable about how my condition relates to the wideranging demands of my work as a community musician. Lots of time and consideration given to ensure I understand the nature of my difficulties and the steps I should take to resolve them

Event Report: BVA Rock & Pop Day, September 2015

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

BAPAM Clinician, Dr Shareen Chua, reports from the British Voice Association (BVA) Interactive Rock & Pop Day, London, 13th September 2015. 

A quiet Sunday morning on Chiswick High Street – one man on his morning run, a dog with a tennis ball in its mouth and a woman driving an empty double decker bus. Through the entrance of a pub, empty tables, a smiling bartender, but beyond its courtyard, a large chattering crowd was audible. Vocal coaches, singers, songwriters, voice specialist Speech and Language Therapists, instrumentalists, voice rehabilitation specialists, voice researchers, performance coaches and consultant laryngologists, amongst all present at this event organised by the BVA. Also in attendance from BAPAM were Dr Frances Carter, Dr Miranda Godfrey & I.

At the start of the programme, Canadian singer songwriter, Selena Evangeline  took to stage to demonstrate the range and variety of vocal effects available to a solo live performer, in her case using vocal audio equipment by TC-Helicon.

Kim Chandler (vocal coach & lecturer) got our vocal cords going by getting us to attempt various vocal onsets, characterising them and offering suggestions on alternative ways of achieving particular sounds and reducing glottal stops.

Hearing loss associated with onstage noise was thereafter explored by John Rubin (Consultant ENT Surgeon, Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital). He spoke about various sound levels encountered within the music industry, covering a variety of sound monitors and hearing protection.

Two singers were subsequently brought on stage. In a live setting, Dane Chalfin, current President of the BVA, used song interpretation and emotion to offer them solutions that improved their technique and performance.

Tom Harris (Consultant Otolaryngologist) & Sara Harris (Speech and Language Therapist), no strangers to the realms of vocal health, engaged the audience in their talk about vocal nodules, with Sara Harris sharing several strategies and exercises that might be helpful in such an instance.

Applying the Primal Sound Model to an instantly familiar Pharrell Williams number, Craig Lees got everyone on our feet creating various vocal sounds, forming a Pop Choral group thus concluding the day’s programme – on a high note!

Although the BVA holds their Interactive Rock & Pop Day every two years, their Voice Clinics Forum will take place on Friday, 23 October 2015 at St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1. The October event will cover topics such as the role of Voice Clinics in the NHS, training in laryngology for ENT surgeons, training for singing teachers involved with Voice Clinics and a discussion of ongoing research & audit papers on the aspect of voice or voice care in the UK.

BAPAM and the BVA are actively exploring opportunities to collaborate on future projects. Suggestions are welcome!

August 2015 Newsletter

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Our August 2015 Newsletter focuses on our education and training work.

Did you know our Trainer Network delivers workshops in health, injury prevention and performance enhancement throughout the performing arts community?

Are you a healthcare practitioner or doctor interested in training and professional development with a focus on helping performing arts professionals overcome health problems affecting their ability to work and perform?

Find out more in our current Newsletter:

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine Newsletter August 2015

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Health & Wellbeing Week 2015

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The Musicians’ Union are hosting the third annual Health & Wellbeing Week in association with BAPAM and Help Musicians UK from Monday 10 August 2015. The workshops will be covering a range of key topics including performance anxiety, hearing loss and prevention, vocal wellbeing, how to survive as a touring musician, yoga techniques for relaxation and much more on how to look after yourself as a professional musician.

Held in London, Manchester and Birmingham, these sessions are free for MU members or £10 payable on the day for non-members. Spaces are limited so please ensure to book in advance.

For further information regarding the sessions, including how to book, please visit the Musicians’ Union Eventbrite page, which will be constantly updated.

Student Advocate Scheme 2014 Training Day Report

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The second BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Training Day and Conference took place on Monday 9th June 2014 at the Musicians’ Union offices in London with 29 delegates attending from 8 different performing arts institutions. Representatives from BAPAM, the Musicians’ Union,  Help Musicians UK, Dance UK and Musical Impact also attended.

The programme for the day included lecture sessions about the history and progress of the Student Advocate Scheme and a number of workshop sessions giving delegates the opportunity to discuss various aspects of the scheme and how it could be adapted to work at their institution. The current advocates from the University of Leeds, Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama spoke about their experiences as student advocates, offering a valuable opportunity for potential new advocates and supervisors to ask questions.

Following the success of the day, a further 6 institutions are interested in joining the scheme during the coming academic year: The University of York, Anglia Ruskin University, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Royal College of Music, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.

Please see the below report from SAS Manager Naomi Norton, who can be contacted using the address naomi.norton@bapam.org.uk.

BAPAM Student Advoate Scheme Training Day Report 2014

Creating Without Conflict

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

A full report from the Musicians’ Union Creating Without Conflict survey into bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace  is now available. The campaign invited contributions from MU, Equity, National Union of Journalists, The Writers’ Guild and BECTU members and key findings include:

56% respondents report being bullied, harassed or discriminated against,

52% respondents have witnessed bullying, harassment or discrimination in the workplace,

More women than men – 64% compared to 39% – have experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination at work,

Freelancers are 14% less likely to report ill treatment at work to a manager,

74% of musicians who responded said abuse came largely from co-workers,

45% of those who were happy with the outcome of their reporting the incident to employers involved their union.

Find out about the recommendations for tackling these issues and read the full report 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: http://www.justgiving.com/Ian-MacDonald6

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.

BAPAM talk at Cardiff Medical Society

Monday, October 28th, 2013

On Tuesday 12th November,  BAPAM Chief Executive, Dr Deborah Charnock, will give a presentation to the Cardiff Medical Society, which was established in 1870 to encourage the advancement of medical knowledge and to promote the welfare of the medical profession. Our Cardiff clinicians, Dr Gareth Hayes and Dr Sion Edwards, will also be there.

We aim to raise awareness of the BAPAM clinic in Cardiff (held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) and our health care work with performing artists in the region, and look forward to meeting local doctors, health care practitioners, educators, students and arts professionals. All are welcome, so if you’re interested in any aspect of performers’ health care, well-being, education, training and practice, please do come along to what will be an informative evening and a good opportunity to make new connections.

Venue: Theatre 2, Cardiff University School of Medicine, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XW. Map.

Gathering at 6.30. Light refreshments available. Lecture starting 7pm. The event is free to attend.