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Feeling Stressed? Join a Choir, Says Top Psychiatrist

January 3, 2019

One of the UK’s leading psychiatrists has said that students who are feeling stressed should try joining a choir. In a keynote speech at a recent conference on the subject of mental health among students, Professor Sir Simon Wessely hit out at many of the mental health services offered by universities.

“The risk is not just ineffective solutions, but the real possibility that our solutions may actually be contributing to the problem.” He went on to say: “I would love to see trials of volunteering, peer support, sport, drama, choir and so on – that’s the research I believe we need.”

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason: ‘Every Child Would Benefit from Music Lessons’

November 19, 2018

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the 19-year-old musician who recently played to two billion people at the Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, recently paid a visit to Prior Weston Primary School to give a performance during their morning assembly. He took part in two workshops and spoke to the parents of the young cellists.

Says Kanneh-Mason, “A child having a music lesson should be the normal thing. It’s a real shame to see children not have the opportunity to have music lessons.”

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Classic FM to Broadcast First Ever Radio Show for Pets

October 29, 2018

Classic FM has joined forces with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to broadcast its first ever programme dedicated to pets – and their owners.

On Saturday 3 November, to coincide with the busiest night for firework displays across the UK, Classic FM presenter and dog-lover Bill Turnbull will host a special programme to help keep pets calm and relaxed during the noise and bright lights.

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Google’s New Piano Gadget Means ANYONE Can Improvise Classical Music

October 18, 2018

The new controller allows you to improvise on the piano and sound really impressive – even if you’ve never played before.

Piano Genie is an intelligent controller from Google’s Magenta research project. Powered by an AI (Artificial Intelligence) programme trained on classical piano music, Piano Genie lets you improvise music that spans all 88 piano keys while using only eight buttons.

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