Holly Marland: Lecture Details and Video

Holly Marland (RNCM)

23 November 2011

Creating musical space in a medical place

Hospital treatment can affect our sense of personal space. Certain procedures need to take place in order to address a particular injury, illness or condition. Having things ‘done’ to us in hospital can affect our sense of agency and the hospital environment can be disorientating - we are no longer at ‘home’. Music can open up a sensitive, humanised space within the hospital. It can provide space for the recovery of agency and a re-orientation of self in relation to others. It can bring us ‘home’. For the last six years, the Music for Health team at the RNCM have been learning about how such sensitive, humanised musical spaces can be co-created with patients, families and staff in hospital settings.

Holly’s talk will explore the following questions:

• What skills and sensitivities do musicians need in order to facilitate the co-creation of musical spaces?
• How can the musician be ‘able as a quiet water to be ready to welcome all the vibrations’ of the hospital community? (Didier Cohen-Salmon, Paediatric Anaesthetist and President of Musique et Santé, Paris).
• What do the people we share these musical spaces with say about their experience?

Holly has a First Class BA Honours degree in Popular Music and Recording from Salford University as well as an MA in Community Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins) from City University in London. Holly is the RNCM’s Knowledge Exchange Manager, working on a number of projects that connect the college’s research activity with the outside world. Six years ago, Holly set up the RNCM’s Music for Health programme in response to a burgeoning global interest in the relationship between music, health and wellbeing. The programme now stands as a beacon of good practice in the UK and internationally, providing training and support for RNCM students and professional musicians from across Europe who are interested in working in health and social care settings.

In 2009, Holly was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to explore the different uses of music with older people in New York and Paris. A freelance professional singer, Holly performs weekly with Radio 4’s Daily Service Singers and regularly participates in broadcasts, concerts and recordings as a soloist and choir member. Holly is also a member of the early music trio, the Accordes, as a singer, recorder player and lutenist and has started learning the Kora (West African Harp), performing with the Exodus Beat Jam and an exciting range of professional musicians from different parts of West Africa.

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