2014102720150402 (R2)For Radio 2's Faith in the World Week, Deacon Blue's Ricky Ross embarks on a journey to understand the healing power of music.

On the way he hears powerful stories from US army veterans, people with serious illnesses and dementia as well as those going through bereavement, just how music has played a vital role in their lives. With the help of musicians such as Jayadev Richardson from the Rubettes, Richard Stilgoe and Paul Robertson as well as music therapists, shamanic and ayurvedic practitioners he tries to understand how and why music can transform a person and provide comfort and healing. How does music interact with the brain and why does it have the power to help so many in times of trouble and pain?

Producer: Vince Hunt.

20150926Live from Radio 3's pop-up studio at Wellcome Collection in London, Claudia Hammond and guests discuss the many issues, recent discoveries and theories around music and health, including how music helps both physical and mental wellbeing, and the health problems encountered by musicians. Including contributions from music psychologist Adam Ockelford and vocal coach, performer and educator Mary King. Music by composers including Mozart, Eric Whitacre and Britten.

Plus: Griff Rhys Jones's Wellcome Objects. In the third and fourth episodes of the recorded series, comedian and actor Griff Rhys Jones explores some of the weird and wonderful objects on display in Wellcome Collection's Reading Room. With the help of Simon Chaplin, Wellcome Trust's Director of Culture and Society, Griff is seduced by the allure of Nurse Wincarnis and her tonic wine, and discovers the roots of art therapy through an extraordinary painted flint.