Hannah Gibbs is a Music Psychology PhD candidate at the University of York and is funded through the AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities. Her studies began at Cardiff University as a classical pianist and double bassist with a love for Russian music. Here, she first discovered Gamelan, while simultaneously developing her interests in the benefits of music for mental health. Her research is focused on providing empirical evidence to support the short and long-term wellbeing benefits of participating in Gamelan music-making. She is particularly interested in the effects of synchronicity between members of the ensemble, and the experience of collective flow state, contributing to social cohesion and positive emotions. She will be collaborating part of her research with the nationwide organisation Good Vibrations’ Resonate Project in Glasgow and Nottingham.
Tony is a singer and musician who volunteers on Good Vibrations’ Loophole Music project at Bethlem Royal Hospital in London. Previously Tony was a participant on this project himself. Loophole Music played a big part in making him feel more optimistic and hopeful. Here is a track he made with Loophole.
As a Pro Bono Participant Advisor, Tony also co-produced Loophole Music’s Online Showcase in October 2020 with facilitators, Kieran Plunkett and Jerome Bisgambiglia. Together with Juha frontman, Collin Chace, they put on a live, interactive online workshop as part of this on World Mental Health Day 2020.
Tony also volunteers with mental health charity, Hear Us as a link worker with lived experience. His role involves liaising between different stakeholder groups in Croydon about matters connected with living with a mental health condition.