On the 16th May we will be holding an advice and discussion panel for Mental Health Week. Guests, James Rose, Chloe Edwards-Wood, and Jax Richardson will be discussing stage fright, confidence, creativity block and how to deal with anxiety and other set backs on the road.
This would be a great opportunity to get some advice or to just listen to the discussion and form some ideas on how to cope with the above subjects on a personal level as well as in a social setting.
Hope to see you there, bring a friend or come solo and show some support for Mental Health Week!
James is a prolific arranger, composer, performer, producer & educator, based in London. Over the years, he has become a veteran performer of acappella & vocal harmony, touring worldwide with his acclaimed internet sensation group, Accent!
Driven by a love of teaching, James mentors and teaches vocal harmony at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, alongside internationally with Accent. He runs open-door sessions for the vocalists, providing vocal and mental health support. He was a vocal coach and mentor on the BBC1 primetime show Pitch Battle, providing support to groups and individuals through the intensities of live, televised performing. James will be joining the mental health panel 16th May at ICMP, reflecting on his own experiences of (and supporting others through) mental health issues, including performance anxiety, group personality dynamics, motivation for creating music and coping with injury and other setbacks.
Chloe has been working in the Performing Arts industry for 7 years in theatre, dance, music and events. Her most recent credits include Cilla The Musical (UK tour), Dreamboats & Petticoats (UK tour), Roll Over Beethoven (Belgrade Theatre) and Jive Party at The Rivoli Ballroom.
Over the last few years she’s taken an interest in mental health in the arts and the connection between creative minds and mental illness. This journey led to the founding of Creative Voices Mind; a non-profit organisation promoting mental health awareness through creativity & the arts. The project organise events which host a diverse line-up of artists who use their art form to honestly discuss mental health.
Jax studied guitar at ICMP and since graduating in 2012, he has been on a very interesting journey both personally and musically. Check out his band Sad Clown, where you'll find many of their songs and music videos touching on topics of mental health such as seasonal affected disorder, anxiety and coping mechanisms.
As well as music, Jack has also recently begun working on some projects more focused on mental health.
His new project - Embrace The Vulnerability - is a company that creates content and runs events exploring many issues connected to mental health - make sure to go and take a look at what they have coming up this year!
This event is FREE and is open to all current students, alumni and the general public. If you are going to be joining us in September and are in the area feel free to pop in - just be sure to grab a ticket!