Tuba Humour…


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Trumpeter Swan


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How Pianists Dry Their Socks…


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The 2015 Musician’s Health Survey

“How old were you when you first experienced performance anxiety?”

“What are the biggest contributing factors to any performance anxiety you might feel?”

“Have you ever used beta-blockers for performance anxiety?”

Presented all in one place, here are the preliminary results of the 2015 Musicians’ Health Survey. More information will be presented by the Royal College of Music’s Centre for Performance Science at a later date. For more information visit http://composeddocumentary.com/2015-musicians-health-survey/


2015 Musicians’ Health Survey Press Release


To read the interview with Kayleigh Miller of the Musicians’ Health Collective click here

(below are some preliminary results, more to follow soon)

Posted by Composed: a documentary on Thursday, 12 January 2017

A 1987 study by the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) has stood for the past 28 years as the closest indicator of what’s happening within the American orchestra; it is long overdue for an update.  With the support of ICSOM, Composed sought out health professionals from the US, UK, and Australia, and worked with them to develop a new survey. The survey seeks to learn what has changed among musicians over almost 30 years, where performance fears come from, and what can be done to address them.  As a guest presenter of the 53rd annual ICSOM conference in Philadelphia, Composed director John Beder announced the launch of the 2015 Musicians’ Health Survey. The results will be analyzed and presented for publication by Professor Aaron Williamon and his team at the Center for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, London. ICSOM is the only organization of its kind, representing 52 orchestras and over 4,000 classical musicians in the US.

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The Royal Military School of Music…


We believe the above clipping relates to the following two pieces of information regarding the founding of The Royal Military School of Music in 1857 at Kneller Hall.

The first from COMPOSERS’ FORUM

Military Music and its Ancient Traditions

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Louis Armtrong recording “Satchmo Plays King Oliver”!

The New York Post published this film on 22nd April 2016.

Just wonderful!

Never-before-seen footage shows Louis Armstrong recording his 1959 album “Satchmo Plays King Oliver.”

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The Infamous Timpani Part – Bruch Symphony no. 2!

Due to popular demand, I just thought I’d repost the well known segment from Max Bruch Symphony no.2. The timpani is in F & C and the point of interest occurs at letter K.



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Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You

Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You

By Tom Barnes
January 08, 2015

If your parents forced you to practice your scales by saying it would “build character,” they were onto something. The Washington Post reports that one of the largest scientific studies into music’s effect on the brain has found something striking: Musical training doesn’t just affect your musical ability — it provides tremendous benefits to children’s emotional and behavioural maturation.

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Roger Webster playing Cleopatra…

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Chicken Beatles!


You would have thought they could have used a John’Leghorn’ at the front!


The iconic Abbey Road Beatles album cover…


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