The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester claims it is the first conservatoire to appoint a lecturer in musicians’ health and wellbeing.
Students have been informed that Sara Ascenso, a clinical psychologist who has trained as a pianist, will take up her appointment in January.
From the RCM website:
Sara Ascenso is a PhD candidate focusing on musicians’ mental health. She is a chartered clinical psychologist (University of Lisbon) and holds a BMus in piano performance from the National Superior Orchestra Academy of the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, and an MSc in Performance Science from the RCM. Before starting her PhD research, Sara maintained regular professional activity as a psychologist both in clinical settings and within diverse educational projects and as a collaborative pianist and piano teacher.