Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Fwd: [Registration Reminder] Study Day and Workshop on Music, Well-Being and Mental Health

Study Day and Workshop on Music, Well-Being and Mental Health

Registration closes 4 May

12 and 13 May 2018 (York St John)

Individuals and communities' well-being and mental health can benefit from musical audition and performance. Conversely, we are increasingly becoming aware of the physical and mental challenges that music professionals from all areas face. These can be further accentuated when considered in a high-pressure environment such as academia. This event proposes to bring together researchers and practitioners to share their research on positive and negative effects of music and music making. It also aims to offer a space to discuss related issues affecting these communities. The workshop will be an opportunity to share and establish strategies to protect and improve their well-being and mental health.


Provisional programme

Saturday 12 May: Study Day
Isobel Clarke – Royal College of Music – The Art of Brexit: the challenges faced by Historically-Informed Performance musicians in post-Brexit Britain
James Williams - University of Derby – Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response – An online phenomenon or a therapeutic reality?: Opening academic discussion(s) on ASMR, and exposing its practical relevance in music composition, performance and listening in the arts, health, wellbeing, and HE sector
Liz Haddon – University of York – Mental health and well-being – university music students and academic supervisors
Anne-Marie Czajkowski – University of Leeds – Mindfulness for conservatoire musician students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Developing the whole musician

Simone Willis – Cardiff Metropolitan University – The relationship between stress and well-being of performing artists
Andrew Lansley – University of Gloucestershire – Mental Health and the HE Musician
William Longden – London Metropolitan University - Inclusive participatory design of bespoke music instruments and auxiliary equipment as emancipatory arts interventions that advocate for equality, personal and social wellbeing

Alexander Douglas - Healing the Mind: Music as Epistemic Necessity (beyond language)

Juan Urdaniz – Universidad de Navarra – Who's the more foolish? Edgar Allan Poe's 'The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether' as Spanish lyrical theatre
Simone Willis – Cardiff Metropolitan University – The relationship between stress and well-being of performing artists
Liam Barnard – University of Kent - Mental Health Equality Initiatives since 2001

Sunday 13 May: Workshop day

Julio d'Escriván - Mindfulness and yoga for musicians

Raluca Matei - Health education and the conservative conservatoire

Núria Bonet - Strategies for LGBT academics and allies

Enya Doyle - You are not inadequate!: A workshop on mental health and postgraduate study

William Longden (Joy of Sound) - Demonstration Participatory Inclusive Community Music Workshop

The Retreat (York) - Music therapy workshop with former patient from the the Retreat

Roundtable on strategies for well-being and mental health for music practicioners and researchers

You can register for the whole event of for individual days. The event is free for member of the RMA<https://www.rma.ac.uk/>, BFE<https://bfe.org.uk/>, or NAMHE<http://www.namhe.ac.uk/>. For non-members, the fee is £20 for both days or £10 for individual days. The fee includes a free lunch and refreshments.

Welcome to the RMA. The RMA, founded in 1874, is the second oldest society of its kind in the world. Our many conferences and study days engage with music of all kinds on many levels.

Welcome from Simon McKerrell, Chair of the BFE. The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) aims to advance the study of musical life in its full richness and diversity. ...

REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/study-day-and-workshop-on-music-well-being-and-mental-health-tickets-44460380194

Núria Bonet
PhD Candidate (Computer Music)
ICCMR, Plymouth University

Núria Bonet
PhD Candidate (Computer Music)
ICCMR, Plymouth University

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fwd: East Sussex Music Service

The fight to save East Sussex Music Service

News | 

East Sussex Music Service is still under Local Council control (many Music Services have now become independent charities). A new round of Council cuts have proposed £80k to be taken from the Music Service resulting in the proposed closure of all non-statutory music provision in the district.

This would naturally have a shocking reduction in the opportunities for music-making and learning across the County, especially for children.

A petition has been set up to fight the proposals and we would encourage people to sign up and circulate the link!


 There is also a group on Facebook called Save East Sussex Music and the hashtag for Twitter is #SaveESMS and #saveourservicenow

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fwd: Online survey for performing artists

Dear colleagues, 

We would like to draw your attention to a survey we are conducting on performing artists' wellbeing.  

The survey is short (20 mins) and will be used to inform the development of health support programmes for performing arts students. 

You can complete the survey here: http://lcvform.supsi.ch/form/view.php?id=68179 

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have, and please feel free to forward the link to colleagues or students who you think may be interested in taking part. Many thanks! 

With best wishes,
Aaron Williamon and Vanessa De Luca

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fwd: PhD position in music cognition at EPFL

Full-time PhD position in music cognition at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

The Digital and Cognitive Musicology Laboratory (DCML) at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, is recruiting a PhD candidate to start in September 2018 or early 2019. The lab is directed by Martin Rohrmeier. The PhD position is available in the context of the H2020-ERC funded project on the "Principles of Musical Structure Building: Theory, Computation, and Cognition". The project explores theories of musical syntax and structure combining theoretical, computational and psychological approaches. The selected candidate will join the team to work on designing and conducting psychological experiments exploring the perception and acquisition of syntactic structures in.

Required profile:
- Applicants should have a very good MA degree in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, (empirical) musicology, cognitive science or a closely related field.
- Skills in computer programming and statistics as well as music theory and analysis are desirable
- Fluent English, French an asset

What we offer:
- A young and dynamic lab with members from diverse disciplinary backgrounds
- The EPFL provides an excellent and leading research environment as well as a dynamic and lively international campus with a vibrant student life and cultural events

Start date:
The position is planned by start in September 2018 or early 2019.

Term of employment:
Fixed-term (CDD)

Work rate:

4 years


PhD students upload their materials on http://phd.epfl.ch/application under the EDNE doctoral school (https://phd.epfl.ch/neuroscience-openings). Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information about the position, please contact Martin Rohrmeier (martin.rohrmeier < at > epfl < dot > ch)

Deadline for application: May 1, 2018

Fwd: FW: April events at St George's Bloomsbury


Sunday 8th April 6:45pm


Singing Cultures Choir


Harmonies from Classical Memories


Following the previous sell-out concert, Harmonies from Classical Melodies returns for a performance at St. George's Church, Bloomsbury.


This is a rare opportunity to experience the legacy of African Classical Music and its message for a 'common humanity'. The programme features the Singing Cultures Choir accompanied by dynamic pianist Kevin Satizabal. The choir's repertoire will include songs by African composers, African folksongs and new songs capturing choristers' aspirations for a "better world". There will also be solo performances by acclaimed soprano Victoria Oruwari, and internationally renowned flautist Rowland Sutherland. 


Concertgoers from the previous performance described feeling 'warm', 'proud', and 'wanting more'. See this video for a preview including interviews with audience members from the first concert:


https://youtu.be/hv_rXxdw2QM .


Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/transculturalvisions-12244455380




St George's Festival

Wednesday 18th April - Wednesday 2nd May

11:00am - 6:00pm (except Sundays)


Heavenly Majestic Skylines


A series of seven A1 photographs captured by fine art photographer Simon-James Smith.




St George's Festival

Thursday 26th, Friday 27th & Saturday 28th April 7:30pm

Upper Vestry Hall


St George's Bloomsbury in association with DOT Productions present


I, Dido
by Non Vaughan-Thomas


Monday 5th June 1780. As rioting continues to rage in London, a unique Bloomsbury family faces some home truths. I, Dido recounts the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the daughter of a Navy Captain and a black slave. Raised in the home of one of Britain's greatest judges, Lord Mansfield, Dido was witness to the beginning of the abolitionist movement.


Following the success of Emma in September last year, DOT Productions returns to St George's Bloomsbury for the premiere of I, Dido. Commissioned by St George's Bloomsbury and written by Non Vaughan-Thomas, the play recounts a dramatic episode in the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, an illegitimate mixed race woman rescued from slavery as a child, adopted by Lord Mansfield and baptised at St George's Bloomsbury.


Tickets: £8 / £5 concession

Tickets available through Ticketsource 0333 666 3366

Reservations available through St George's Bloomsbury 020 7242 1979


Seating is limited. Book early to avoid disappointment!



St George's Festival

Saturday 28th April 11:00am - 3:00pm


Silent Calligraphy

The South London Lettering Association will be demonstrating a variety of calligraphic scripts in the church, in a quiet and contemplative atmosphere alongside have-a-go lettering sessions in our Upper Vestry Hall.


Find out more about this ancient skill at this free event





For full details please go to www.stgeorgesbloomsbury.org.uk

If you wish to be taken off our mailing list please reply to Mark Summerbell at this email address


Mark Summerbell
Arts & Concerts Director
St George's Bloomsbury

Please note that I work part time only

St George's Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury WC1A 2SA
020 7242 1979

Postal address: 
6-7 Little Russell St
Bloomsbury WC1A 2HR

Friday, April 13, 2018

Fwd: Job: Research Fellow in Machine Listening - University of Surrey, UK - Deadline: 1 May 2018

Dear Music and Science peo,
Please forward to anyone who may be interested.
Best wishes, Mark Plumbley


Research Fellow in Machine Listening

University of Surrey, UK
Salary: GBP 30,688 to GBP 38,833 per annum 
Closing Date: 1 May 2018 (23:00 BST)

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in Machine Listening to
work full-time on an EPSRC-funded project "Making Sense of Sounds", to
start as soon as possible, for 9.75 months until 13 March 2019. This
project is investigating how to make sense from sound data, focussing on
how to allow people to search, browse and interact with sounds. The
candidate will be responsible for investigating and developing machine
learning methods for analysis of everyday sounds, leading to new
representations to support search, retrieval and interaction with

The successful applicant is expected to have a PhD or equivalent in
electronic engineering, computer science or a related subject, and is
expected to have significant research experience in audio signal
processing and machine learning. Research experience in one or more of
the following is desirable: deep learning; blind source separation,
blind de-reverberation, sparse and/or non-negative representations,
audio feature extraction.

The project is being led by Prof Mark Plumbley in the Centre for Vision
Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey, in
collaboration with the Digital World Research Centre (DWRC) at Surrey,
and the University of Salford. The postholder will be based in CVSSP and
work under the direction of Prof Plumbley and Co-Investigators Dr Wenwu
Wang and Dr Philip Jackson. For more about the project see:

CVSSP is an International Centre of Excellence for research in
Audio-Visual Machine Perception, with 125 researchers, a grant portfolio
of £20M. The Centre has state-of-the-art acoustic capture and analysis
facilities enabling research into audio source separation, music
transcription and spatial audio. Audio-visual compute includes 700 cores
and a 50GPU machine learning cluster with 500TB of online storage.

Informal enquires are welcome, to: Prof Mark Plumbley
(m.plumbley@surrey.ac.uk), Dr Wenwu Wang (w.wang@surrey.ac.uk), or Dr
Philip Jackson (p.jackson@surrey.ac.uk).

For more information and to apply online, please visit:

We acknowledge, understand and embrace diversity.


Prof Mark D Plumbley
Professor of Signal Processing
Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)
University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK
Email: m.plumbley@surrey.ac.uk

 LVA/ICA 2018
 14th International Conference on Latent Variable Analysis and Signal Separation
 July 2-6, 2018, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK