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To celebrate World Mental Health Day 2019, Alicia, Marcus and Katie talk about their personal journeys in relation to music and mental health to raise awareness of, destigmatise and open conversations around mental health issues. They will also discuss how The Oizys Ensemble was formed and their goals as an ensemble.

Music has a profound and curative power to help heal us, nurture us, lift us up and bring us together.
— Alicia Chaffey

Hi. I'm Alicia, a classical pianist, teacher, mentor, collaborator and advocate of mental health, based in London.

The power of music never ceases to amaze me. I had a difficult childhood growing up, partly due to my mother’s sudden death when I was eight years old. Music, and playing the piano, was a way I channelled my emotions, an outlet for my pain. I’ve experienced first hand how music has a profound and curative power to help heal us, nurture us, lift us up and bring us together. And it is this belief that inspires everything I do as a person and musician, intuitively guiding my performing, collaborating, teaching, mentoring, writing and anything else that comes my way! My artistic purpose centres around helping others through music, whilst learning about myself on my own journey. My fascination for psychology and mental health, alongside my own personal struggles, drives me to raise awareness of mental health issues and break the stigma through the medium of music and The Arts.


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reviews


A spellbinding performance. The audience were completely enthralled by her presence at the keyboard
— John Walker, Whitstable Music Society
Poised and polished with admirable clarity of finger work and variety of tone colour
— on Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, Peter Hewitt - Chief Executive of Benslow Music Trust
She showed a refined skill, a warm heart and a profound sensitivity with a technique beyond her years
— on Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, Dr. Jane Hawking
An intimate and sensitively nuanced performance
— Frances Wilson [The Cross-eyed Pianist]