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Clinical psychologists and the Voices for Missing Choir celebrate the power of music

22 January 2020

An event held in Solihull today will highlight how music encourages us to connect with our emotions and discuss why it holds such an important place in so many people’s lives.

Music producer James Hawkins and the Voices for Missing Choir, Britain’s Got Talent finalists in 2017, have joined forces with the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology for a public lecture and workshop.

James Hawkins said:

“Through my work in music over the years and with the Voices for Missing choir, I’ve learned a lot about how powerful and meaningful it can be.

“I’m delighted to be bringing the choir to Solihull for a public event and to do some singing with clinical psychologists and local people.

“Music has an important place in all of our lives, and the experiences of the Voices for Missing choir which we’ll be telling in Solihull are testament to that.”

Dr Sidrah Muntaha, a chartered clinical psychologist who is presenting at the conference on using music with service users who struggle to engage with talking therapies, added:

“During the course of my work as a clinical psychologist, I’ve found that individuals can develop a greater understanding of their emotional world through significant songs or pieces of music.

“It can provide a safe but powerful medium for clients who struggle to engage with traditional talking therapies, enhancing emotional wellbeing and supporting growth and creativity.”

After James Hawkins and members of the Voices for Missing Choir have delivered the public lecture, there will be a singing workshop for conference delegates and members of the public.

The free public event is part of the Division of Clinical Psychology’s annual conference at Voco St. John’s, Solihull. It takes place between 16:30 and 18:00.

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