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Dr.Julia Jones Panel: 'Music For The Mind' 

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Thursday 4th of June 

Get your tickets for 'Music For The Mind', hosted by Dr. Julia Jones  at: //

Julia has spent the past 20 years studying the effects of music on human behaviour and prescribing music to drive emotional engagement and wellbeing. Her book, The Music Diet gives individuals and businesses clear guidance on how to harness the power of music and reap rewards.


She is now on a mission to transform workplace wellbeing and combat stress at work through functional use of music. As part of this work Julia created ‘Music At Work Week’ (25 Nov - 1 Dec 2019) to help promote the scientifically proven benefits of music and encourage employers to embed it in their workplaces.

This event, at Canada Water theatre encompasses a conversational panel on 'Music for the Mind', chaired by Julia, the guests will discuss music, loneliness and mental health. 

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Julia will be joined on the panel to discuss neuroscience and the effects of music on the brain and consequently how this plays out in social spaces for the individual: in the workplace, homes and social environments. Julia will be joined by Sam Reese (below left) and Howard Charles (below right)


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Hailing from Aotearoa, Sam Reese is currently a lecturer in creative writing at York St John University. An award-winning writer, researcher, and teacher, his most recent book, Blue Notes: Jazz, Literature, and Loneliness was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2019.


His other work includes the short story collection Come the Tide, and a critical study of American short fiction and Cold War politics. 

Sam believes it is through stories that we understand both ourselves and the world around us—that it is through stories that we make connections between the two. Over the last ten years he has worked as a writer, researcher, and consultant for arts groups and law firms, private colleges and travel companies, pharmaceutical firms and the New Zealand government.


Having studied Opera at The RNCM, Howard Charles has worked extensively internationally and throughout the U.K. singing leading Operatic roles in America, Switzerland, Germany and France. He has performed on the concert platform, in Oratorio, Recitals & Gala’s, with many Television, Film & Radio appearances. 

Creating the innovative City Music Services in 2001, CMS provides a wide range of music-focused activities to a large number of City-based firms, including Allen & Overy, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Freshfields BD, Barclays Bank, KPMG, Nat West Bank, Thomson Reuters, Simmons & Simmons, Lexis Nexis, Sidley Austin & Hogan Lovells. 


Howard spends a considerable amount of his time conducting choirs and has been leading the music programme at A&O for almost 20 years, he also conducts choirs at J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Hogan Lovells. He regularly hosts and comperes events and has a long history as a performing arts consultant. 

Howard is also co-director with David Smith in the renowned company Legal Harmony, which organises fundraising choir competitions and concerts for Law firms in London; this has further developed, to now include Fiscal Harmony, which works exclusively with financial sector firms’ choirs.

With a passion for working with performers of all ages, including children and young people, he is also one of the founding partners in the Lottery Award-Winning Genesis Stage Schools & Agency, who for nearly 25 years has been providing performing arts tuition for young performers around the country. 

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