Archive for July, 2012

Scottish Chamber Orchestra raises over £6,000 for musicians in crisis

The following extract is from the Musicians Benevolent Fund newsletter and has been used with their kind permission:

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) knows first-hand about the impact of the help we give. Aisling O’Dea, a violinist with the orchestra, broke her bowing arm last winter after slipping on ice. We helped her with travel costs to visit Katherine Butler, a specialist hand and arm physiotherapist in London. Following treatment Aisling made a full recovery.

Six and a half months after her fall Aisling is back on the road, having rejoined her colleagues on their recent tour of the Highlands. Going beyond the call of duty she even managed to hike up mountain Beinn Enaiglair near Ullapool. She says

“The support given was invaluable to me during a very difficult time.” SCO Violinist Aisling O’Dea

“I am extremely grateful for the financial and emotional support I received when I broke my arm. Those working at the Fund genuinely care, and the reassurance and support given was invaluable to me during a very difficult time.”

It is only possible to provide our help through the kindness of individuals and organisations, including the SCO. During concerts at Glasgow City Halls, Aberdeen Music Hall and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall earlier this year, guest conductor Andrew Manze spoke passionately from the stage about the importance of our work. We are so grateful to the SCO, Andrew and audiences at the concerts for raising £6,276.

The Musicians Benevolent Fund is keen to know if your orchestra or choir could help spread the word about their work and support musicians by holding a collection at a concert. If you think there is a place for this then please get in touch with the Communications and Fundraising team by emailing or calling them on: or 020 7239 9114 or for more information please log onto their website


Posted in NEWS on July 29th 2012

To manipulate or not?

An interesting and topical article about spinal manipulations and the dangers associated with them. Click here to read more …

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Triplet Drum Glove

This glove is remarkably similar to the ones that the golfers use!

The Triplet Drum Glove has been recommended by many of my drummers and they rate it highly!

It helps decrease the amount of grip required to hold the stick.

Posted in NEWS on July 18th 2012

Are you a golfer with hand or grip troubles?

Here are a couple of products that may aide recovery or assist in increasing your ability to grip the club with more ease and flair!

The Powerglove

Gary Pickle Stabilizer Glove

Posted in NEWS on July 15th 2012

How to resolve dystonia: A movement perspecitive

An interesting and thought provoking article from International Musician, July 2002.

Posted in NEWS on July 9th 2012

Flautists – this is interesting!

Old instruments made from bone and ivory are found in a cave in Germany! Read more here …

Posted in NEWS on July 7th 2012

London Hand Therapy:

  • Injury prevention
  • Hand and upper limb assessment and treatment
  • Postoperative management

Hand Therapy is both an art and a rehabilitation science for the upper extremity. The injured limb is evaluated and assessed, and a variety of treatment methods are used to achieve set therapeutic goals.

Hand therapists are qualified Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who have become skilled in treating upper limb injuries and deformities through further education, training and clinical experience.