Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Singing. Scientific, emotional and artistic aspects of a human phenomenon



Block the date for the International  Conference


Singing. Scientific, emotional and artistic aspects of a human phenomenon.



jointly organised by Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild (Max Planck Institute  for Human Development, Berlin)

and Philippe Rixhon (The Aarya Foundation, London)


to be held at Radialsystem V, Berlin, on Friday 20 March 2015







Research in neuroscience, psychology and medicine as well as in music education, cultural studies, social sciences and the history of emotion shows the immense impact of singing on human development.  Not only does singing have positive effects on synapse formations in the brain and on bodily functions and emotional well-being, it also creates strong felt communities that have the power to shape both individuals and societies.



On Friday 20 March 2015,  Radialsystem V will host an international conference on Singing in Science and Education that will bring together artists from all around Europe as well as interdisciplinary  and international  scholars for one long concert of music and ideas.



In three  panels,  the phenomenon  of singing  will be considered  under  three  different points  of view: (I) “Singing  from Cradle to Grave”, including  talks by Graham Welch (Institute  of Education, London), Katherine Zeserson (Sage Gateshead), Gunter Kreutz (Carl von Ossietzky University  of Oldenburg) and Stephen Clift (Canterbury Christ Church University); (II) “Singing,  Emotion and Community”, including  talks by Jane  W. Davidson (University of Melbourne,  ARC  Centre for the History of Emotions), Svend Brown (Director of Big Big Sing and Glasgow UNESCO Creative City of Music) and Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild (Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin, MPRG  Felt Communities? Emotions in European Music Performances”);  and (III) Presentations  by the Singing Cities Exchange Artist Group, who will provide an insight into their practical experiences of both singing and educating.

This academic programme  will be topped  off with a performance  by the Singing Cities Exchange Artist Group. Detailed information will be available soon at

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With the support of the Culture

Programme of the European Union