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Talk The Musical Brain 2017: Why Sing? The Evolution of Singing

The Musical Brain 2017: Why Sing? The Evolution of Singing

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Genre: Event with live subtitles


The Musical Brain is delighted to announce Why Sing? — three conferences in 2017/18 which explore the evolution, and the physical, psychological and social benefits of singing from the Stone Age to the present day, starting with The Evolution of Singing this spring. The event will take place on Friday 28 April 2017 in the beautiful Church of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, from 10.30am-7.30pm. Live subtitling will be provided from 10.30am until 6pm.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Evangelos Himonides, Reader in Technology, Education, and Music at UCL Institute of Education, on the vocal instrument, its function, properties, needs and uniqueness as we understand it today.
  • Professor Steven Mithen, author of The Singing Neanderthals, on how modern humans benefit from their musical Stone Age past.
  • Dr Katie Overy, Music Psychologist, Cognitive Neuroscientist and Director of the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development.
  • Professor Michael Trimble, Behavioural Neurologist at UCL Institute of Neurology, on the differences between the human brain and the brains of our nearest living ancestors to try to understand the changes which may have been important for the development of singing.

Musicians: The Clerks, the innovative early music vocal ensemble led by Edward Wickham, will illustrate lectures, join in discussions throughout the day and perform.

Booking details
Full price tickets are £95; Student tickets (full-time only) are £35.
You can pay via PayPal using the website link below, or you can call The Musical Brain on 0208 404 1327.

Event details

Fri 28 Apr 2017, 10:00am

Live subtitling

Venue details

St John's Church, Clerkenwell
St John's Gate
St John's Lane

Phone: 0208 404 1327

Website: St John's Church, Clerkenwell

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