Christina McMaster

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: London

Website: christinamcmaster.org

Christina McMaster is a pianist, collaborator and educator on a mission to bring the wellbeing and healing benefits of music to all. She has initiated and curated multiple entrepreneurial arts projects and in 2017 was awarded an Associate from the Royal Academy of Music for her contribution to the music industry.
 
She has worked with rappers, scientists, theatre directors etc. Most recently she has collaborated with folk legend Peggy Seeger and on music and words collaboration for a climate change and sustainability film by Mary McCartney.
In 2017-18 she was a Visiting Associate at Kings College London Institute of Psychology, psychiatry and Neuroscience, testing the benefits of music and psychedelic visuals in a lying down concert. This evolved into Lie down and Listen; launched in 2018 a successful lying down concert series attracting a new millennial audience to listen deeply to music following meditation/restorative yoga in silence.
 
In 2016 Christina was selected as a young artist in residence at St John’s Smith square, and from 2013-17 she curated programmes of multimedia, dance and music events for The Royal Academy of Music annual Piano Festival where she also created a new partnership with Central Saint Martins. She has been a mentor for the WOW festival and given talks at Kings Place and Universities world wide.
 
Christina has performed at leading venues/festivals including Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, QEH and worked with composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Tansy Davies, Stephen Montague, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Freya Wales-Cohen etc. She regularly appears on Radio 3 and Classic FM.
 
This February she launched a 15 week online series called the ‘art of listening’ which explores music by Scarlatti, Satie and Birtwistle and the ways we interact with different musical languages.
 
During lockdown Lie down and Listen will be lovely every Friday at 7pm for those who want to Lie down and Let go. See www.liedownandlisten.com for more info.
 
Support from Help Musicians UK will enable me to attend a unique sound healing course for two weeks in November 2020‘Sound Ceremony’ led by Hayley Tennyson and James Roland - both are sound healers, musicians, poets and expert meditators. Following this course I will spend a further 5-7 days at the course venue to develop music for piano and traditional instruments.
 
The course will combine of eastern and western music, as well as philosophy and wellness practise and deepen my understanding and use of sound, ancient instruments, it will open up my sound world, improvisations and help expand my musical creativity. On a professional level, it will enable me to create new music and participate in collaborations and also enable me to lead sound healing performances and workshops. These two - three weeks combining music, mental wellbeing and philosophy and space for self inquiry will be highly beneficial for creativity and productivity.
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