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Venue: Wigmore Hall

Duration: 1 hour

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£7, £5 conc 

This concert features the world première of Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices, a new work by acclaimed composer Jocelyn Pook commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation for Anxiety 2014. A unique collaboration between Wigmore Hall, Aurora Orchestra and the Mental Health Foundation; the première will be performed by Aurora Orchestra with the Mind and Soul Choir. The new work extends Pook’s interest in the experience of mental illness, which she explored in her ground-breaking 2012 work Hearing Voices.

Aurora Orchestra conducted by Graham Ross; soloists: Lore Lixenberg soprano, Melanie Pappenheim mezzo-soprano, Jonathan Peter Kenny countertenor, George Ikediashi bass, and the Mind and Soul Choir led by Lea Cornthwaite.


Arnold Schoenberg:                  Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) Op. 4

Giovanni Palestrina                   I vaghi fiori (arr. Simon Cox)

Jocelyn Pook                             Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices

Positive effects of classical music on mental health

Various sounds and music constantly surround our life. We hear birds singing, dogs barking, cars noise. We enjoy music when watching TV, listening to the radio or a player.

It is almost impossible to imagine life without sounds and musical compositions because music and various sounds decorate our life, making it brighter and more memorable. Music can influence our lives both positively, inspiring us, and can destroy us, upset our psyche.

In our time, the use of the possibilities of music is put on a scientific basis. Many serious scientists are investigating the reserves of musical influence on various areas of human life. Of course, ordinary people do not wait for scientists' prompts but simply make their favorite music a part of their lives. But still, how does music affect the body?

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The influence of music on the human condition

First, let's talk about how music affects a person in terms of work and creativity.

Does music help a person to concentrate? Both yes and no!

To concentrate on something, it is unnecessary to listen to music because complete silence is good for better concentration, which applies to most of us.

However, some people in the work process, for thinking and making important decisions, need some kind of background. The sounds of music help them not only to concentrate but also to increase mental performance.

Conversely, the impact of music on a person who tunes in to work, rather than listening to it directly during work, is, in most cases, positive. And only a few do not attach any importance to music as something inspiring.

In 2005, scientists from the UK found that listening to music during exercise helped athletes increase their performance by twenty percent. It turns out that the influence of music on the human psyche is similar to the doping used by some athletes. But unlike banned substances, music will not harm health and will not show up in anti-doping tests.

Athletes can be advised to improve their results during intense training by listening to music at a fast pace and slow music during breaks.

How does the style and direction of music affect a person?

The most comprehensive influence on a person is provided by classical music. It is also considered the most useful in its effect on the audience. It is about the anxiety therapy of classical music on a person that is said most of all. Scientists attribute a miraculous effect to classical works.

Most of the talk revolves around the works of such recognized geniuses as Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Grieg, Debussy, and Schumann. And of all the variety of classics, Mozart's music comes first. Numerous studies have shown that it activates almost all parts of the cerebral cortex while increasing the intellectual level, facilitating the rapid assimilation of information, affects mental performance, improves attention, memory, and mathematical abilities, sharpens hearing and vision. There is even a special term, "Mozart effect," which refers to the beneficial effects of music on a person's mental illness and physical abilities.

For example, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody, Oginsky's Polonaise, and Beethoven's Fidelio will help relieve migraines. Plays by Sibelius and Grieg, Tchaikovsky are considered the best remedy for insomnia. If you do not know what to do with a bad memory, periodic listening to the works included in Vivaldi's Seasons cycle should help you.

Another great case is enjoying original music Jocelyn Pook. These compositions are just like a CBD dosage for a mentally ill person. Just imagine that ordinary listening to music can have positive effects close to smoking best CBD cigarettes.

To show its best, the music must be liked by the person who listens to it.

This project has been generously co-funded by;

Britten - Pears Foundation

Each year the BPF supports a small number of applications for funding for the commissioning of new music of the highest artistic quality, believing that this would reflect the wishes of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears who, in their lifetimes, did much to support the work of fellow composers.

PRS for Music Foundation, the UK's leading funder of new music across all genres.

Since 2000 PRS for Music Foundation has given more than £19.5 million to over 4,600 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS for Music Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity– from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas. 


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