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Hattie Butterworth and Rebecca Toal host a podcast of insight and change in the classical music and arts professions. Delving into the often stigmatised worlds of mental health, injury, discrimination and productivity, classical music issues are spoken and revived. Join Hattie, Rebecca and guests for a new podcasts more often than not!

Things Musicians Don't Talk About Hattie Butterworth & Rebecca Toal

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Hattie Butterworth and Rebecca Toal host a podcast of insight and change in the classical music and arts professions. Delving into the often stigmatised worlds of mental health, injury, discrimination and productivity, classical music issues are spoken and revived. Join Hattie, Rebecca and guests for a new podcasts more often than not!

    Episode 30: Bob Hughes (in full)

    Episode 30: Bob Hughes (in full)

    Last week was our Musicians' Injury Awareness Week and we were absolutely blown away by all the support and love we received before, during and after it. Included in the week was Becca's interview with the lovely Bob Hughes about his journey will Focal Dystonia. Bob said so many amazing things that couldn't be squeezed into just a 20 minute mini-episode, so we're releasing the whole interview today! Thank you Bob!


    Born in Wales, Bob studied the Bass trombone from 1976 at the RAM with Harold Nash and was the winner of the Sydney Langston Brass Prize. Bob’s first job was with the BBC Scottish Symphony at the age of twenty. He then went on to play with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Philharmonia and the London Symphony Orchestra. Bob has made multiple recordings with these orchestras including soundtracks for blockbuster films such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and Braveheart. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, Americas and Asia. Bob began teaching Bass Trombone at the Academy in 1989 and many of his students hold orchestral positions in the UK. Bob was president of the British trombone society from 2006 -2010 and there is a biannual competition named after him - The Bob Hughes Bass Trombone Competition.

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    MIAW 2021 - Angela McCuiston

    MIAW 2021 - Angela McCuiston

    Welcome to the final episode in the Musicians' Injury Awareness Week monologue series! It's been the most amazing week of discussion, connection and creativity. We are excited to commit to supporting musicians suffering with injury far beyond this week.

    Flutist and musicians personal trainer Angela McCuiston speaks to us about her journey with an injury, leading her to further research, study and to launching her business, Music Strong, supporting musicians with rehabilitation and prevention through strength training.

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    • 17 min
    MIAW 2021 - Murphy Robertson

    MIAW 2021 - Murphy Robertson

    It's the inaugural Musicians' Injury Awareness Week, and today's injury story comes from Murphy Robertson. 

    Murphy was studying saxophone at Guildhall School of Music and Drama when she started experiencing chronic pain in her jaw. She talks to us about what happened, and where she went from there.

    Share your injury stories using the hashtag #MIAW2021 and tag us! The more discussion, the merrier. 

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    • 13 min
    MIAW 2021 - Songeun Choi

    MIAW 2021 - Songeun Choi

    Songeun Choi talks about her experience with injury from her time at school onwards and how it's affected her ability to play, practise and fulfil commitments. Thank you for your openness and honesty Songeun!

    Songeun Choi is a soloist and enthusiastic chamber musician. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, she studied with William Fong and Diana Ketler. During her studies ,she was supported by scholarships and was awarded DipRAM and the Dorothy Bryant Award. She has performed in venues including Steinway Hall, Fazioli Concert Hall, Barbican, Wigmore Hall, King's Place, Klassische Klavier Festival in Austria and the Venue in Leeds.

    Share your injury stories using the hashtag #MIAW2021 and tag us! The more discussion, the merrier.

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    • 19 min
    MIAW 2021 - Bob Hughes

    MIAW 2021 - Bob Hughes

    It's the inaugural Musicians' Injury Awareness Week, and today's injury story comes from Bob Hughes. A sufferer of focal dystonia, Bob shares with us what it was like to go through such an experience whilst still working and teaching. He talks about the difficulty in trying to find out what exactly was wrong, his trips to see various dystonia specialists, and the support he received from those around him. 
    Born in Wales, Bob studied the Bass trombone from 1976 at the RAM with Harold Nash and was the winner of the Sydney Langston Brass Prize. Bob’s first job was with the BBC Scottish Symphony at the age of twenty. He then went on to play with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Philharmonia and the London Symphony Orchestra.
    Bob has made multiple recordings with these orchestras including soundtracks for blockbuster films such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and Braveheart. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, Americas and Asia.
    Bob began teaching Bass Trombone at the Academy in 1989 and many of his students hold orchestral positions in the UK. Bob was president of the British trombone society from 2006 - 2010 and there is a biannual competition named after him - The Bob Hughes Bass Trombone Competition.
    Share your injury stories using the hashtag #MIAW2021 and tag us! The more discussion, the merrier. 

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    • 20 min
    MIAW 2021 - Sophia Kannathasan

    MIAW 2021 - Sophia Kannathasan

    Today Sophia Kannathasan tells us about her playing injury, which was diagnosed as golfers elbow. She takes us through the process of grieving playing violin, readjusting her priorities and healing with time, increasing playing incrementally. She also speaks about the rewards of mental practice and score study, both of which still form a part of her violin work.


    Adamant about giving an honest account of being an up-and-coming musician, Sophia has reached people all over the world through her Instagram account.
     
    Sophia has performed as part of chamber groups, orchestras, pit bands and as a soloist in various cities all over the UK, notably the Chineke! Junior Orchestra. Sophia has performed as part of an orchestra at the Royal Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican. She led the Redbridge Music School Symphony Orchestra and co-led the University of Leeds Chamber Orchestra. She also led a string quartet that performed at Hampton Court Palace for Prince Edward.
     
    Born in 2000 and raised in Ilford, England, Sophia Kannathasan studied with Roberta Sullivan at the Redbridge Music Service. She is currently on a placement year at Saffron Hall, a thriving concert hall in Essex, as part of her degree with the University of Leeds. She is now studying with John Crawford. She currently plays on a violin made around 1750 by Richard Duke.


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Andy Reiner ,

Things Musicians SHOULD Talk About!

I loved hearing Hattie's perspective - her honesty about mental health for musicians and willingness to be vulnerable is refreshing and rings true. While her guests have great things to say, I especially enjoyed the reflective episode 7 sandwiched between interviews. The audio quality is excellent which adds to the experience.

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