Facing the Music: Acoustics for the Benefit of Musicians

Research & design addressing wellbeing, working conditions & expenditure - Stephen Dance Register Now

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Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Price: Free
Email: events@lsbu.ac.uk

LSBU are proud to present this inaugural lecture by Professor Stephen Dance as part of our inaugural lectures programme for 2022-23.

Professor Dance is a leading authority on environmental and architectural acoustics. He has published 100+ papers on a variety of topics related to this area and sits on many boards & committees too. You can read more about him & his accomplishments & impressive career below. We hope you'll join us in hearing from Professor Dance for his inaugural lecture as he shares how his research has helped to address the problematic working conditions & wellbeing of musicians & music students as well as produced cost saving benefits for venues.

Inaugural lectures are an occasion of significance in our professors’ careers at the University. They provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our recently appointed professors who are undertaking research, innovation, engagement and teaching activities in their field of expertise.

Our lectures are open to all LSBU Group staff & students as well as to members of the public and are free of charge. They are taking place in person and will be recorded. They are not being live streamed at present.

You can check out the full programme of our inaugural lectures here.


Title: Facing the Music: Acoustics for the Benefit of Musicians

Research & design addressing wellbeing, working conditions & expenditure

By Professor Stephen Dance BSc, PhD, FIOA, MASA, MUKHCA, NTF, Professor of Acoustics, School of the Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University

Description: The introduction of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 meant that musicians working conditions were no longer judged to be healthy and so changes were needed. Professor Dance’s research has permitted choristers at St Paul’s, the opera singers at the Royal Opera House, 2,800 students at the Royal Academy of Music, and Henry Wood Hall to maintain their traditions and artistic integrity while complying with noise regulations, as well as ensuring the wellbeing of the musicians and music students. The designs produced have saved the Royal Opera House £1m+ and Henry Wood Hall £0.25m in refurbishment costs.

Biography: Professor Dance is the Director of the Acoustics Group at London South Bank University. He is an expert in room acoustics and computer simulation. He has published more than one hundred papers in the field of acoustics. He is an advisor to the Royal Opera House, Henry Wood Hall, and the Royal Academy of Music. He has won awards from the Acoustical Society of America for mentoring, the Schultz Prize for architectural acoustics education, the Institute of Acoustics Tyndall Medal, and a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.



5.45pm – Arrival & registration

6pm – Welcome & introduction

6.05pm – Inaugural lecture: Facing the Music: Acoustics for the Benefit of Musicians - By Professor Stephen Dance , Professor of Acoustics, Director of the Acoustics Group, School of the Built Environment and Architecture, LSBU

7pm – Closing remarks

7.15pm – Networking & refreshments

8pm - Close

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