5-minute Members Interview #1
- Professor Femi Oyebode
A ‘tasting menu’ in this edition, before our next main feature.
This will arrive shortly and features an exceptional and
internationally acclaimed contemporary jazz musician.
First up, we have some links for you, kindly suggested by
interested and knowledgeable readers.
Johnston, who has been previously suggested and will
certainly be featured at some point. Nathan Crofton-Bond
Duncan and Tone Oliver, and Glitter
Emcee shared links to their own material. Amy
Dunn is a Mental Health Specialist Librarian at NHS
Sussex Partnership and suggested
Ceiling Demons as well as calling my attention
this event at Exeter University, which will look at
mental health issues depicted in hip-hop lyrics.
Secondly, we have the first offering of our ‘5-Minute Members
Interview’. We are proud to present Professor Femi Oyebode as our
first feature in this series. Professor Oyebode is Professor of
Psychiatry and Head of Department at Department of Psychiatry,
University of Birmingham. He was Chief Examiner of the Royal
College of Psychiatrists from 2002 and 2005. He has a deep interest
in the interface between culture and mental health. He is author of
"Madness at the
Theatre", poetry editor of the British Journal of
Psychiatry and a poet in his own right.
We are looking for suggestions of other members of the College
who would like to share their thoughts and experiences. Please
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested or have a suggestion of someone you would
like to see featured here. I hope I have whetted your appetite for
a savoury autumn-winter season!
5-minute Members Interview #1 Professor Femi
Who is your favourite musical artist or group and
My favourite artist is Miles Davis. His approach to jazz music
in the late 50s (listen to Kind of Blue, released in 1959), his
style on the trumpet, and the fact that like Picasso he continued
to evolve and change over his lifetime all speak to his unique
What was your greatest musical experience?
I heard Itzhak Perlman play at the
Symphony Hall Birmingham about 15 years ago. That was an
extraordinary experience. It seemed as if his violin was but an
extension of his body, as if he could do whatever he wanted with
it. It was sublime.
Do you play an instrument or if not, which one would you
like to be able to play?
I play the recorder badly. If I could, my choice would be jazz
Does music have a role in mental health
Yes. There is much to learn about the use of music as a
therapeutic agent in medicine.
Can you recommend a song or piece of music for our
Gorecki Symphony No 3.
Gorecki Symphony No 3 on YouTube
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