SINCE SINGING IS SO GOOD A THING, I WISH ALL MEN WOULD LEARN TO SING (William Byrd, 1543–1623).
Humans are hard wired to sing!
Prior to the development of language(s)early man relied on the modulation of sound to communicate, to express emotions, and to respond to the natural and imagined worlds beyond his own. The long evolutionary process of man using modulated sound is of far greater significance than the flowering of Western European art music to the maintenance and development of well being.
The modulation of sound, i.e. singing, served as means for survival. Yet, throughout our history, singing has become exclusive rather than inclusive moving from the centre to the periphery of our existence.
In advocating group singing as an intervention for the improvement of health and well being, Grenville Hancox will call upon historical description, contemporary research, and his own work along with that of his colleagues, all promoting the social prescription of group singing.
The lecture will be illustrated and may involve you in singing together!
Grenville Hancox has enjoyed a long career in music and music education. His innovative and influential work as a teacher in secondary schools brought him national and international recognition prior to his appointment as a lecturer in music education at Canterbury Christ Church University where he was subsequently appointed as Head of Music. Over two decades he built a dynamic music department highly regarded for performance and scholarship,co founded the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health and embarked on a twenty year journey of research in practice, investigating the effect of singing on well being. Resigning his position in 2012 he founded Canterbury Cantata Trust a charity developing Caring through Singing activities within the community. Honoured by her majesty the Queen with an MBE in 2005 Grenville Hancox is both Professor Emeritus of Canterbury Christ Church University and Honorary Professor of the University of Kent.
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