October 19


11:00 am - 01:00 pm

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British Association for Performing Arts Medicine

BAPAM’s Return to Performance Series: Looking After Your Voice: A Guide to Vocal Health

BAPAM’s purpose is to improve health in the performing arts and support enhanced performance excellence through wellbeing and good practice.

BAPAM deliver expert health and wellbeing services in the performing arts. Our events give artists, creators, technicians, teachers, and organisers the knowledge they need to improve health and enjoy sustainable careers.

As the largest provider of career-specific healthcare to performers in the UK, we are uniquely positioned to bring together expert clinicians, educators, researchers, artists and creators to deliver innovative training to empower the arts community to improve and maintain health throughout our creative work and learning spaces.

This introductory 2-hour session is designed for performing arts professionals and students and outlines risk factors and key strategies to maintain good vocal health throughout a sustainable career.

The session focuses on evidence-based practical skills and draws from performance experience, research findings, psychology, and proven vocal health clinical pathways. Participants will learn how to avoid vocal problems and identify the signs and symptoms if they do occur, how to manage issues, promote good health, and where to go for help.

Tutor: Pippa Anderson

Pippa Anderson has had 20 years experience working with both the spoken and the singing voice. She is a BAPAM Registred Practitioner, a vocal rehabilitation coach at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, a singing teacher at Newcastle University and she runs a busy private practice from her home in County Durham.

She began her studies at Dartington College of Arts in Devon. She then went on to train on ‘The Knack’ at English National Opera’s Baylis Programme and on a postgraduate and professional acting course at The Academy Drama School in London. Pippa holds a Certificate in Education and a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (Vocal Pedagogy/Vocal Health). Her current study area is investigating the role of the voice coach in the voice clinic on an MLitt programme at Newcastle University.

Pippa’s freelance work is varied. Recent workshops and masterclasses include: voicing characters for the BA Performing Arts course at Teesside University (Feb 2020), training for speech language therapists at the North East Voice Clinical Excellence Network; a joint led workshop with Clinical Lead, Natalie Eastwood (Feb 2020), voice for teachers and lecturers for Newcastle Educational Practice Scheme Conference (Jan 2020), voice coach for Pride and Prejudice (*sort of), Blood of the Young theatre company at Northern Stage (Oct 2019), vocal health for actors on tour for Northumberland Theatre Company (Nov 2019), voice coach for SHINE at Live Theatre (May 2019), voice coach (spoken word only) for Samling Institute for Young Artists production of ‘Come into the Garden’ at Sage Gateshead, The Witham and Saltburn Theatre (July 2019).

Past appointments include Consultant Teacher of Spoken Voice at SLP, Singing Teacher at New College Durham (BTEC and Music Degree), and Head of Voice for Centre for Advanced Training Programme at Sage Gateshead.

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 Equity, Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians UK and Performing Arts Education Providers – who are very kindly giving us free use of training venues – we are expanding our national training programme supporting healthy performance in the UK.