Worlds in Collision: Music & the Trauma of War

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Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June – Mansion House

As part of the 2013 programme, we are delighted to announce the Worlds in Collision Conference in partnership with The Musical Brain.

Placed at the heart of the Festival – and the City itself – this two-day conference will address several important questions. What is the relationship between art and war? How are emotional experiences reflected in music and poetry? Is human creativity itself therapeutic? The event brings together musicians, music therapists, arts practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, philosophers, historians, and soldiers to examine these important questions that are central themes to this year’s City of London Festival programme.

The conference falls naturally into two inter-related parts, over two days: 

Friday 28 June – The Application of Music to the Trauma of War considers Music Therapy and its use in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other disorders resulting from the conflict. The day will also address the potential application of music in the rehabilitation of returning troops from the current theatres of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with their attendant PTSD problems.

Saturday 29 June – The Response of Music to the Experience of War examines music and creativity from the other direction, through artistic works that have been influenced by the pity of war, before concluding with a concert by a military band and solo singers in the Mansion House’s glorious Egyptian Hall at 6.00 pm (this event is also open to the general public)

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