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The Royal Society of Musicians in Partnership with BAPAM Presents Hearing Health with Finola Ryan and Dame Evelyn Glennie

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RSM in Partnership with BAPAM

Hearing Health with Finola Ryan and Dame Evelyn Glennie

The Royal Society of Musicians and BAPAM are working together to present a series of health education workshops for musicians. This exciting series of workshops brings together bring specialist practitioners who are experts in the field of performing arts medicine and offers an opportunity for musicians to understand more about the range of health problems they might experience, how to prevent them and how to get help if it is needed.

Hearing issues are one of the main health concerns for musicians. This workshop will begin with an introduction to the ear and hearing, examples of how the ear may be injured by occupational and recreational noise, along with practical tips for keeping ears healthy and advice about seeking help if you experience signs of a hearing disorder.

Dame Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie is the world’s premier solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists. Her solo recordings exceed 40 CDs and are as diverse as her career on-stage. A double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee, Evelyn is also a composer for film, theatre and television. Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 1993 and has over 100 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour. Evelyn is currently forming The Evelyn Glennie Collection with a vision to open a centre that embodies her mission to Teach the World to Listen.

www.evelyn.co.uk

Dr Finola Ryan is a doctor and musician who specialises in Performing Arts Medicine, a genre of medicine which combines her passion for music with her training in medicine. She is particularly interested in performers’ hearing. Her MSc thesis, ‘Temporary Threshold Shift in Singers’ focusses the impact of rehearsal noise on singers’ hearing and has been selected for presentation at several international conferences.

The Royal Society of Musicians

RSM provides vital support to those whose lives have been affected by accident, illness, stress and anxiety. We work with UK-based musicians and their families throughout their careers and into retirement, giving help towards short-term needs as well providing support on a more long-term basis when required. RSM can help towards funding physical and emotional therapies, referrals to specialised practitioners and associated treatments, and potentially the provision of home adaptations or living expenses.

For more information, please visit rsmgb.org or to contact us at casework@rsmgb.org / 020 7629 6137.

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine

Established 30 years ago, BAPAM is the largest provider of Performing Arts Medicine in the UK with coverage across the four nations and a growing Directory of over 200 approved clinicians, registered with BAPAM. We provide free clinical assessments for performers with health problems effecting their performing arts practice. In 2019, we provided occupational health support to over 2500 enquiries from performing artists, including 1200 clinical assessment appointments. Our support is focused on specialist clinical assessment to determine the correct diagnosis and best care pathway for a performer, providing clinical advice and referring onwards to experts in the field where necessary. In some cases we also able to provide ongoing mental health support. Regulated by the Care Quality Commission, we operate under robust clinical governance and quality assurance frameworks with leadership from our Board and Medical Committee. Performers generally access care via our Helpline, and our (non-clinical) Helpline operators advise on care options and arrange appointments according to approved protocols. We also run a health education programme with free sessions available online and bespoke sessions which can be booked for individual organisations.

You can contact us at www.bapam.org.uk; info@bapam.org.uk and 0207 404 8444.

Research looking at health issues within the performing arts workforce consistently finds that 70-75% of our population report both mental and physical health problems, which is much higher than the national average. We are lucky to be working with a number of health and wellbeing experts who can offer training to performers across the UK, with the aim of reducing the levels of poor health and supporting performers to have a sustainable career. Working with our partners in The Royal Society of Musicians, Equity, Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians UK and Performing Arts Education Providers. We are expanding our national training programme supporting healthy performance in the UK.

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