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A ‘behind the scenes’ look at what performers have to go through to be successful in their art. Our speakers will discuss the science behind it all. Prepare for a fun and interactive night!
Stage in Pain
Dr Hara Trouli (Teaching Fellow in Performing Arts Medicine)
Your favourite footballer gets injured on pitch. Within seconds the medical team approaches to treat or take off the field, possibly to have surgery or stay out of the game for a while. Now think of your best singer at a concert when suddenly the voice stops and the gig cannot go on. Think of the great actor who faints on stage or the dancer who falls. What about the violinist or the trumpeter in the band or the orchestra? Medicine reaches the performing arts as performers may get unwell and take time off. We should now educate doctors and others to look after them!
The beauty of the singing voice
Dr Evangelos Himonides (Reader in Technology, Education, and Music)
In this presentation, we will be looking at the vocal instrument, its function, properties and unique characteristics. We will be looking at basic acoustical aspects of the human voice, but also at how we try to make sense of it, with recording and analyses. We will be touching upon ‘preferences’ and how these are formed, but also how context-specific these might be.