Announcing our expert panel for Sound of Belfast

Sound of BelfastWe’re pleased to be at the Sound of Belfast this weekend at the Oh Yeah Centre with our panel of industry experts who will be discussing the stresses and strains that go along with the highs of being a musician.

Chaired by our own Help & Advice Manager, Nigel Hamilton, the panel consists of musician and Musicians Union representative Paddy Gordon, Sullivan and Gold guitarist Ben Robinson and expert audiologist Patrick Schwab. Together, the panel will discuss challenges that impact artists’ health and wellbeing such as hearing problems and performance anxiety.

With his 40 year experience as a musician, Paddy Gordon is a guru in all things health and safety with specific knowledge for musicians and is a Musicians’ Union Committee Member. In 2009, he campaigned against the sale of MU members’ music through the BNP websites. The campaign included support from band members of Blur and Pink Floyd. He has experience of real life on the road, much of it in a country ravaged by civil unrest, and then the highs and lows of trips to the USA, Iceland, Russia, Jersey, England, Scotland, summer seasons in Ibiza, Portugal, Spain and the experiences of working on cruise ships. Since 1986, he has been the guitarist and manager of Irish based folk band, Brier.

Sullivan and GoldBen Robinson is one half of Emerging Excellence award holders Sullivan & Gold along with Adam Montgomery, who both hail from Co. Derry, Northern Ireland. They received their award in 2014 and used the funding towards touring. They are performing at the NI Music Prize this Saturday 15 November as part of Sound of Belfast. Their debut album 'For Foes’ is an ambitious album focusing on a central character, who is reflecting on his life’s loves, losses and betrayals. Each track provokes new questions about the protagonist’s life and each is painted against a memorable, cinematic backdrop - from the beaches of Castlerock to the historic churches of St. Petersburg.

Patrick Schwab qualified as a teacher in 1987 and became a Teacher of the Deaf in 1992. He graduated in 1998 from Manchester University with a Master’s degree in Audiology and between 1998 and 2005 was the Educational Audiologist for the London Borough of Waltham Forest. He has a special interest in Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and has worked on both sides of the fence regarding Noise in the Workplace; assisting employees with NIHL to secure compensation and helping employers comply with the requirements of the 2005 Noise at Work Act.

Since 2006 Patrick has been a Chief Specialist Audiologist for Imperial Trust; working in the Audiology Department and the Outpatient Department at St Mary’s Hospital as an Audiologist and Audio-Vestibular Consultant respectively. He works with professional musicians via the Musicians’ Hearing Service.

Come and get clued up on the realities of working as a professional musician and join in the conversation on challenges such as performance anxiety and hearing.

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