Guildhall School of Music and Drama Mindfulness

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Mindfulness

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Mindfulness

Student musicians and actors on stage

Mindfulness for Performers

The Guildhall School’s mindfulness course specifically adapts the standard Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction [MBSR] and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy [MBCT] programmes to be particularly suitable for those working in the performing arts. The themes explored include working with obstacles such as performance anxiety and self-criticism, and cultivating stage-presence and flow.

Mindfulness meditation is a well-researched, non-religious and very effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting well-being and flourishing. This practical evening course has been developed at the Guildhall School to support musicians and actors in their creative work and in their lives. Skills for practice, performance and general good mental health will be taught in eight weekly classes.

“If you want to free yourself from anxiety and stress, and feel at ease with yourself as you walk on stage, then Mindfulness is for you…” – Ruby Wax

Your tutor

Mindfulness for performers is taught by experienced practitioners who have trained as teachers of adult MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction). They have taught Mindfulness for Performing Arts students and Mindfulness for Professional Performers at Guildhall School over the past 3 years alongside other professional mindfulness work.

For more details on the tutors please feel free to contact

Course dates

New dates will be added soon

Course times

6.30 – 8.00pm

Course fees


About us

The Guildhall School is situated in the City of London next door to the Barbican Arts Centre, which houses two theatres, a concert hall, cinemas and galleries. It is also within easy reach of West End theatres, the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Tate Modern.

‘To be kind to yourself is something I know is very important, but… I keep forgetting about it all the time… what I think is very good about the course is the awareness of our mental state in connection with music making.‘ Guildhall Music student.

Participant requirements

Applicants must be 18 years of age or over on the first day of the course and have substantial experience of performing in public. Applicants should ensure they have sufficient English language skills to be able to cope with the demands of this course.


Applications are currently closed for this course. If you would like to be informed of future dates please email to be added to our mailing list.


Should you wish to use your participation in the course as credit for a university or college course you are undertaking, this would be a matter for you to agree with your current institution. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer assessments.


Email for any enquiries.