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Music and the Mind

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Cambridge Neuroscience hosts a night of ‘Music and Mind’, an exploration into the issues surrounding mental health and its treatment through music.

Live music will be the emphasis of the evening with performances from Dr. Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Lynette Alcántara, Jeremy Vinogradov, Fusae Takahashi and the Looney Tunes Music Group.

The event is free to the public and will be held at the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, from 6:30 – 9.00pm, 29 September 2009.

Neuroscientists from across Cambridge will be on hand during a wine reception prior to the concert as well as after the concert to discuss their research and how they hope it may increase fundamental understanding of the brain and improve patient treatment.

Professor Peter Jones, Head of the Department of Psychiatry will introduce the evening by exploring the links between creativity, musical composition, mental health and illness, with particular reference to song. The talk will be followed by a selection of songs by Robert Schumann- The Many Moods, performed by Lynette Alcántara (mezzo-soprano), Jeremy Vinogradov (baritone) and Fusae Takahashi (pianist).

Following Professor Jones, will be a performance entitled Hidden Lives from Simon Gunton and the Looney Tunes Music Group, Cambridge Regional College. This performance will entail three separate narratives that each tell their own tale of a prominent historical figure who suffered from some form of mental illness. The Looney Tunes music group is a community based initiative run from the Cambridge Resource Centre (Norfolk St) that works specifically with individuals who suffer from mental illness.

Dr. Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Composer in Residence at the Department of Psychiatry, will perform her new work for solo piano entitled The Synchronisation and Tempo of the Mind to be premiered at the symposium. Her work is inspired by research witnessed and undertook during her year as a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence at the Cambridge University Department of Psychiatry.

This event is free to attend with refreshments provided. Registration is not required but please arrive early to guarantee a seat.

This talk is part of the Clinical Neuroscience and Mental Health Symposium series.

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