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27 September 2022

Scala Radio to explore correlations between classical music and mental wellbeing in new 3-part series hosted by Dr Amir Khan

‘Mindset on Scala Radio with Dr Amir Khan’ starts on Sunday 9th October, ahead of World Mental Health Day

In honour of World Mental Health Day on October 10th, Scala Radio is broadcasting a special 3-part series exploring the links between music and mental health. The show will be hosted by NHS doctor, bestselling author and GP on Lorraine and Good Morning Britain, Dr Amir Khan.

In the first episode, Dr Amir will dig deep into the correlations between classical music and mental wellbeing by exploring the benefits classical music can bring to us. Looking at how it can reduce people’s anxieties by lowering cortisol levels, blood pressure, heart rate and even breathing rate, Dr Khan will also review findings that show it to improve sleep quality after surgery and explain how listening to classical music can also help relieve pain.

The following episodes will focus on what we can do to improve mental health within the context of music, such as active listening, dancing, and joining choirs.

Listeners can expect a wide variety of emotive music to soundtrack the findings, including pieces by Ennio Morricone, Beethoven and Mozart, the softer and inspiring melodies from contemporary composers like Olafur Arnalds, Keaton Henson and Ola Gjeilo and a few surprises, such as a piano arrangement of the TLC hit ‘No Scrubs’!

Speaking ahead of the series, Dr Amir Khan said, “It is fantastic that initiatives such as World Mental Health Day bring conversation on the subject to the forefront, and even better that Scala Radio is using its platform to amplify it. Bringing my own medical knowledge and personal experiences to the show, I’m honoured to have this opportunity to explore exactly how classical music can be beneficial to us.”

Scala Radio’s Programme Manager, Jenny Nelson addedIt’s brilliant that classical music has become increasingly popular over recent years as people turn to it for comfort and solace, and this series will celebrate the power of peaceful music whilst examining why it’s so beneficial for us. I can’t wait for Dr Amir to provide a soothing soundtrack to our Sunday evenings.”

‘Mindset on Scala Radio with Dr Amir Khan’ starts on Sunday 9th October from 6-8pm. Listen to Scala Radio on your DAB digital radio, the Scala Radio app, on your smart speaker and at


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Notes to Editors

About Scala Radio:
Scala Radio is a brand-new entertainment radio station that breaks the mould of classical music in the UK. Presenters include Penny Smith, Angellica Bell, Alexis Ffrench, Mark Kermode, Mark Forrest and Simon Mayo. Alongside familiar masters such as Mozart, Beethoven and Bach, you can expect to hear contemporary works including film, TV and video game scores, showtunes from musicals and instrumental re-workings of pop and rock songs by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Led Zeppelin and Dua Lipa.

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