Cataracts are no obstacle for EEb Tuba player Peter

Cataracts won’t stop Peter from seeing the music Peter Minshull, an EEb bass player from Cheshire, is a dear friend and regular client of Allegro Optical. Peter was one of our earliest clients and when he came in recently for his annual checkup, it was great to see him again. Peter, a retired civil engineer […]

Best of British, Open

In spite of the sad news of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, there has still been a small, but respectful, celebration at Allegro Optical, The Musicians’ Optician. Practice Manager James Brooks, who plays for “The World famous Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band”, has been celebrating his band’s win at the 168th British Open […]

Promoting Performers Eye Health

Performers’ visual challenges In July some members of the Allegro Optical team travelled to the Department of Music at the University of York to co-host a networking and knowledge exchange event. The aims of the seminar were to raise awareness of the visual challenges faced by performing artists. Delegates discussed the specific visual requirements of […]

#SeeTheMusic and More – Astigmatism and the performer

Astigmatism and the performing arts professional Being the UK’s only eye care specialists who work in the performing arts, we understand first-hand how eye disorders and refractive errors can negatively impact a career. This blog series aims to highlight common eye conditions that performers encounter. Musicians, presenters, dancers, camera operators, sound technicians and singers are […]

Poor eye sight and posture

Posture and Eye Sight Anatomical links affect more than your learning ability, they can influence your health as well. This blog explores the connection between posture and vision. Or in short, how poor vision can affect a performers posture, the related pain and how it can impact on performance. From the Eyes to the Brain […]

Meet the team – Clinical Support Technician & Trainee Manager James Brooks

Clinical Support Technician & Trainee Manager James Brooks talks about music, glasses and his job As a child, I wanted to play the trombone. As Diggle’s training band had none spare, I was given a baritone to learn. I enjoyed learning the valves and picked them up very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed myself. After moving […]

In conversation Cory Band Euphonium player Glyn Williams

Glyn Williams talks to Stephen Tighe  “In Conversation” is to become a regular interview series, where one of our team sits down with a leading light from the world of music. From musicians to dancers, public speakers to instrument makers, the series allows us to chat with some of the creatives we most admire and […]

62% of Musicians need glasses to see the music

According to a Dutch study  A 2016 Dutch study into visual complaints and eye problems in musicians, noted that of 118 professional and amateur musicians, 61% of the professionals and 63% of amateurs required some kind of eye correction for playing (62% of the professionals).  Neil Parkin, Principal Baritone player for Cockerton Prize Silver Band […]

Unable to focus on his music, Bob was going tuba loopy

Bob Hallett Eb Bass

When Bob was unable to focus on his music he contacted the musician’s optician Making Music has been challenging for us all over the last eighteen months. Many people have been furloughed and others have had to deal with homeworking. Some of us have continued to go into work but in a very different socially […]

Vision is now music to Alice’s eyes and ears

Cornet player Alice Bell wears Musicians Glasses

A musical maths teacher’s vision is now music to her eyes and ears In today’s ever-changing world, many of us now have various visual requirements. A decade ago most presbyopes chose a pair of progressive lenses, (varifocals), as a good all-round solution to their visual needs. But as our use of electronic devices increases, it […]