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Professor Grenville Hancox

Honorary Professor in Music, Health and Wellbeing

 

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Grenville Hancox is well known for his work as an educationalist, performer and conductor, together with his groundbreaking research with Stephen Clift on the benefits of singing for health.

Grenville Hancox is well known for his work as an educationalist, performer and conductor, together with his groundbreaking research with Stephen Clift on the benefits of singing for health. Until March 2012 he was head of department and director of music at Canterbury Christ Church University having been made the first professor of music in Kent in 2000. Co-founding the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health (2003) and forging a very special relationship between the university and the former master of the Queens Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies are two examples of many achievements whilst in post.  He has a successful record of fund raising for research projects and for ensuring music is at the heart of any thriving healthy community.

As a Trustee of the Creative Foundation in Folkestone he has championed engagement in the arts as a means of social regeneration and since leaving Canterbury Christ Church University founded the Canterbury Cantata Trust to emphasising the importance of group singing for all in the community and to encourage younger people to be involved with their communities through practical music activities. In  2010 he established Skylarks a singing group for people with Parkinson’s with groups in both Canterbury and London.
 
Grenville has directed many orchestral and choral performances in the UK and Europe including some of the most challenging works in the choral repertoire and as a clarinet player has performed extensively throughout the UK, in Europe and the USA appearing amongst others with the Sacconi and Maggini String Quartets and the London Mozart Players.

He was awarded the MBE for services to Music in 2005 and presented with a Civic Award by Canterbury City Council for services to the community through music making in 2006.

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Publications include:

  • 2012: ‘Singing and People with Parkinson’s’.
  • 2011: ‘The Composer-performer relationship in the Music of Peter Maxwell Davies in Peter Maxwell Davies Studies,’ CUP.
  • 2010: ‘The significance of choral singing for sustaining psychological wellbeing: findings from a survey of choristers in England, Australia and Germany.’
  • 2008: ‘Singing and Health: Summary of a Systematic Mapping and Review of Non-Clinical Research.’ 
  • 2001: ‘The perceived benefits of singing: findings from preliminary surveys of a university college choral society.’
 

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