If you consult me at Stimmung, you will benefit from a unique insight into the challenges faced by performers from someone with more than thirty years’ experience in the music business.
I am not a failed career musician, but someone who has worked behind the scenes of classical music as an agent, publisher, casting director and even as a therapist in a conservatoire. My experience tells me that what distinguishes musicians from the general population is a heightened sensitivity, plus an ability to distill emotional experiences into musical performance. When something goes wrong in their lives - financial worries, bereavement, a sick child, divorce - musicians cannot hide their feelings. The very act of lifting a violin or opening your larynx taps into the seat of those emotions, releasing a torrent of feeling which can be overwhelming when you are struggling with issues which you can process using this form of “talking” therapy.
Regain your composure
Musicians in crisis report physical symptoms such as aches, pains and stiffness and often an increase in performance anxiety. Many are referred by physiotherapists or Alexander Technique practitioners. Others in mid-phrase hear the intrusive voice of a childhood teacher, telling them they will never be good enough to perform at Carnegie Hall or the Royal Opera House. Pianists suffer from memory loss, instrumental soloists feel as if they have shrunk in stature; singers feel flayed back to the bone when they stand on the stage. Nobody can see just how vulnerable you feel inside.
Emotional expression is positive
Therapy at Stimmung offers you the chance to admit your vulnerability in a space where no one judges you. You are so much more than “only as good as your last performance,” if that performance was conducted under duress.