Posts Tagged ‘Singers’

BVA Rock and Pop Study Day

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The British Voice Association Rock and Pop Study Day takes place in London on Sunday 13th September. Training topics include alternative vocal onsets, technique through interpretation, the truth about nodules, ear protection and monitoring, rock and pop in a choral setting and using live performance technology. Participants will also be in for some fantastic performances and exclusive discounts from the exhibitors.

10:00 – 17:00

The George IV, Chiswick, London

For more details and to book your place take a look here: www.bvarockandpop.eventbrite.co.uk.

Registration will close on 06/09/15.

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.

June 2015 Newsletter

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Our June 2015  Newsletter  is now available to read or download in pdf format:

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine Newsletter June 2015

Contents:

I Can’t Go On! Managing Performance Anxiety
Directory of Practitioners Update
Training Day Summary
Piano Professional Magazine
Research Projects
Associate Medical Director Appointed
We’re Recruiting: Job Opportunity at BAPAM
Dr Kit Wynn Parry
Help Support Us

Research: Binaural Beats and Traditional Warm-up in Singers

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Comparison of the effect of binaural beats and traditional warm-up upon the acoustic measures in singers of the eastern and western traditions.

University College London

Performing Arts Medicine

Singing Research

As part of the innovative MSc Performing Arts Medicine programme at University College London, Soniya Sharangpani is examining the effect of binaural beats upon the quality of voicing. She is looking for female classical singers from both eastern and western traditions to participate in the project.

Participants will be asked to sing a sustained note and a phrase, tuning their voice to a decided pitch, before and after listening to binaural beats for about 10-15 minutes. The jitter and shimmer will be recorded using EGG machine (electroglottography).

After a week participants will be called again. This time, instead of listening to the binaural beats, the singers will perform warm ups for 10-15 minutes.

If you are interested in taking part please contact Soniya directly by email: soniya.sharangpani@gmail.com for details and information sheet. All reasonable costs will be covered. The research will take place in London.

This study is approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee. Participation is voluntary and you can leave the research at any time.

Study Days from the British Voice Association

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Forthcoming symposia from the British Voice Association, include My Tongue Goes Where? at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, a chance to hear Dr Ron Morris, (Speech and Language Therapist and Professional Countertenor), explore the anatomy and physiology of the articulators, how tongue tension and articulatory disorders can impact on speech and singing and practical techniques to deal with these difficulties. Saturday, 29th March 2014.

Recovering Voices: The Transition from ‘injured’ to ‘well’, on July 6th, addresses what is meant by vocal injury, and how this affects professional voice users physically, professionally and emotionally.

Further information and booking

And don’t forget World Voice Day, celebrated annually on 16th April. The idea began in Brazil and then spread to the USA. The idea is to celebrate healthy voices and highlight the importance of voice at work and in society. Find out more about World Voice Day.

 

Jane Oakland, Music Psychologist

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Welcome to the BAPAM Directory, Dr Jane Oakland, a psychologist specialising in musicians and performance. Jane has also been a professional opera singer for 35 years. Through her own experience of debilitating performance anxiety Jane became interested in the impact of stress on the careers of professional musicians.

 

Jane’s excellent website, www.stresspoints.co.uk, provides a wealth of useful information on the psychology of performance,  as well as articles she has contributed to Classical Music Magazine, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and Help Musicians UK (formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund).

BAPAM Newsletter January 2014

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Throughout the last year, increasing numbers of professional and student performers sought our expert advice, while we also focused on review and improvement of our essential services. In 2014 we look forward to helping many more performers and strengthening our partnerships throughout the interlinked worlds of performing arts health and welfare, education and employment.

Read our January 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

Contents: 

Music Student Health Scheme Re-launch

Drama UK and Spotlight Articles

Fundraising Concert

Performers in their Environment: Training Day Report

Dr Sion Edwards joins our Cardiff Team

BAPAM Scotland

Deborah Charnock Confirmed as BAPAM’s Chief Executive

Get Involved!

 

Event Report: Performers in their Environment Training Day

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Our November 2013 event brought together actors and musicians with professionals working in performing arts healthcare, education and support and welfare, for a stimulating investigation into the work, lifestyle and health realities of the industry.

Professor of Performance Science, Aaron Williamon, discussed musicians’ hearing and the tricky issue of noise regulations for workers for whom noise is their product.

Philip Turner, Senior Stage Manager of the English National Opera, shared valuable expertise and insights into the considerations of caring for performers, crew, and audience, and in supervising the work environment, both at the ENO in London, and on touring productions. Osteopath, Jennie Morton, presented on workplace hazards, drawing from her work as a performer (dance/theatre/singing).

Former professional oboist turned pioneering Performance Coach, Karen O’Connor, was joined by a singer and a double bassist to discuss novel applications of sport psychology for managing performance anxiety and developing mental toughness.

We also heard from professional performers about the ups and downs of their careers. Jungle Drummer, Chris Polglase, talked us through his career, from leaving music school in frustration at course requirements that he learn endless indie rock parts, to turning a hobby into a sustained professional career playing 180bpm drum & bass beats, alongside turntablists and musicians from a diverse spectrum of styles. Chris talked about the pressures of extensive touring, playing 5am gigs at clubs and festivals, studio sessions, and gradually learning self confidence and how to care for yourself.

Bringing a fascinating day to a close, David Sulkin, Chief Executive of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, interviewed two actors at very different stages of their careers – covering the stresses (physical, emotional and financial) and rewards of the profession.

We’d like to thank all the speakers, performers and attendees.  All agreed that first hand discussion with performing arts professionals proved especially valuable in providing perspective for those who seek to help care for their health and welfare. Thanks also to the Musicians’ Union for so generously providing the venue.

More information about our Training Days can be found here: BAPAM Training Days.

BVA Course: Irritant Issues: Reflux, Allergy and the Voice

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

This event, organised by the British Voice Association, takes place in London on Sunday, 12th January, 2014 9.30am – 4.30pm.

A multidisciplinary study day suitable for all professionals working with the voice. Subjects to be addressed will include how reflux and allergies can affect the vocal tract and how they can be managed through medication and diet.

Speakers agreed at this time:

Dr Rehab Awad, Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Mr Tomm Coles, Nutritional Therapist, Paget & Coles Ltd, London
Dr Gavin Jarvis, Lecturer in Pharmacology, Selwyn College, Cambridge
Professor Stephen O’Hickey, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Professor National Pollen and Aerobiology Unit, Worcester University.

For further information and booking click here. 

BVA Roadshow at the Gathering Voices Festival of Song in Bristol

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The British Voice Association hit the road for a workshop on voice health, spoken voice and singing technique at the Festival Of Song, where over 90 choirs drawn from all over the west will perform.

The speakers are Mike Thomas, Consultant ENT at the Cheltenham General Hospital Voice Clinic, Alison Sutton, Singing Rehabilitation Coach at the same clinic, Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and Frith Trezevant, Singing Teacher with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

The workshop is on Saturday 12 October at Soundworks in Southville, Bristol, and runs from 10 – 4. Cost is £25 for the day. Lunch is not provided. Find out more here: http://www.festivalofsong.org.uk/workshops/