Just recently we have had a bad patch of air pollution in the UK due to Sahara dust and easterly winds bringing over poor air from the continent. I was surprised how little advice was given apart from ‘stay indoors’ and I have been busy telling my singers to increase their water intake and watch for dry throats. I find it incredible that we have to suffer poor air quality and this is down to what we have done as a society to our environment. Clear air and clean water are fundamental human rights but as singers we are particularly vulnerable especially when we have big performance to do. So singers watch out for those pollution levels and keep drinking the water!