Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Musicians’ Performance and Wellbeing programme in Liverpool

The health of classical musicians is an on-going issue, as we learn quite how problematic to physical and mental health the profession can be. Jerwood Charitable Foundation has awarded the Liverpool Philharmonic a major grant to enable it to expand its Musicians’ Performance and Wellbeing programme through provision of individual, tailored performance coaching available for the entire orchestra over the next three years.

In 2015, with financial support from Help Musicians UK, Liverpool Philharmonic introduced a Musicians’ Performance and Wellbeing programme relating to the technical, artistic, physical and psychological demands of consistently playing at the very highest level in a professional symphony orchestra, including early intervention and preventative measures such as physiotherapy, tour massage, injury prevention screening, a pilot performance psychology project, and investment in musicians’ training and development. The Jerwood Charitable Foundation grant will allow this to be expanded, and will enable the Liverpool Philharmonic will further develop its work into the psychology of performance.

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