Cadgwith Folk Day supports music therapy

Cadgwith Folk Day supports music therapy

The 22nd annual Cadgwith Folk Festival, held on 15 July, delighted crowds and seagulls alike and raised £500 for the Cornwall Music Therapy Trust. Organiser Dave Hearne remains delighted at the growing popularity of the annual event: ‘the singing, playing and dancing goes on all day Saturday and now spills over to Sunday – you can’t stop the music!’ Musicians and dancers from all over Cornwall brought their skills to Cadgwith Cove – including the inspiring Cornish Caledonian Pipe Band and the spectacular Penzance Morris whose female dancers thrilled the crowds with their routines. Monologues from Andrew Whitehorn punctuated the afternoon and there were visiting singers from Bristol and Sheffield. Emma […]

Grateful for Grants

Grateful for Grants

The Cornwall Music Therapy Trust is supremely grateful for recent donations received from: Tanner Trust Duchy Health Charity   These grants are vital for therapy to be delivered across the county, and we extend our thanks to both organisations.

Duchy Singers Messiah for CMTT

Duchy Singers Messiah for CMTT

In December 2016, the Duchy Singers performed their 26th annual charity Messiah in St Mary’s Church, Penzance. This was a wonderful concert enjoyed by everyone who attended. The ninety strong chorus and four soloists performed together with the St. Mewan Sinfonia, and the concert was conducted by Nigel Wicken. We were delighted that their nominated charity for 2016 was the Cornwall Music Therapy Trust (CMTT) and £1500 was raised from ticket sales and collections.  Our sincere thanks go to the organisers and performers. Pictured (from left): Laurie Forde and Peter Maynard (Duchy Singers) presenting the cheque to Nigel Wicken representing CMTT.

Chacewater Gig Supports Music Therapy

Chacewater Gig Supports Music Therapy

A concert of high energy folk music in Chacewater Village Hall  on 25 November raised £700 for the Cornwall Music Therapy  Trust. Four rousing Cornish bands brought the crowd of 160  to their feet and had them dancing joyfully to jigs, reels,  hornpipes and polkas together with belting out some great  Cornish songs. The line-up featured Davey & Dyer, Ma  Polaine’s Great Decline, Salt and Sky and the headline act  of 3 Daft Monkeys who ended the evening with their unique  brand of high-octane foot-stomping music. All bands  generously played for no fee. Masterminded by Emma Packer, a music therapist from Par, the event supported a  charity which has supported […]

Big Beach Day September 2016: Health Promotion Service outreach and workshop event

Big Beach Day September 2016: Health Promotion Service outreach and workshop event

Big Beach Day September 2016:  Health Promotion Service outreach and workshop event This year’s Big Beach Day took place on the vast sands of Polzeath beach on a breezy yet summery day. Ruth Boulton ran an on-beach music therapy group session supported by CMTT for over 30 adults with their support workers.  Other Activities included surf therapy, drumming, fit-to-wiggle and Sanjay’s wonderfully delicious & nutritious BBQ.  Watermelon quenched our thirst whilst the atmosphere whetted everyone’s appetites for taking part. The event was buzzing – so many people attended and from as far afield as the John Daniel Centre Penzance, bringing the beach to life with community, experiences, energy and that […]

Golowan Concerts Raise £2630

Golowan Concerts Raise £2630

  For the eighth year running Penzance’s Golowan Festival in June 2016 has featured a series of concerts performed by ‘Tim Boulton and Friends’ in aid of Cornwall Music Therapy Trust. This year the concerts took place at St. Mary’s Church Penzance, with Rev. Sian Yates supporting the series by generously allowing the use of this beautiful building without charge.  All the performers also generously donated their services and absorbed their own costs too, allowing every penny of income from the concerts to go to CMTT, raising over £2,630 this year. Musicians who took part in these concerts were:  Kirsten Mulcahy soprano Jake Barlow counter-tenor, Jess Angove, Tim Boulton, Georgia Ellery, Nat Jones, Phil Montgomery-Smith & Martha Prindl violin, […]

The Arcos Quartet to visit Doubletrees School

The Arcos Quartet to visit Doubletrees School

The top musicians from across the Royal College of Music, the Arcos Quartet, will be visiting Doubletrees School in St Austell to help the children understand the fun in making music with different instruments. Doubletrees caters for learners aged between 2 and 19 years who have complex needs. The Trust has supported music therapy at Doubletrees for some time. The Arcos Quartet was formed in 2014 at the Royal College of Music. Its members are currently in their second and third years of study at the RCM, and all hail from different countries in Europe. The quartet has coaching with Mark Messenger, as well as other musicians including Simon Rowland-Jones […]

Open Day in Boscawen Park for the Health Promotion Service

Open Day in Boscawen Park for the Health Promotion Service

Ruth Boulton, Music Therapist, recently attended a Health Promotion Service open day in Boscawen Park and conducted an open music therapy session. Ruth said: It was a fun day for adults with learning disability, also involving publicity of health and safety issues. About 20 people attended across the session, just pitching in and making music together.  Lovely atmosphere. There will be a similar event in Newquay on 4th September at Fistral Beach.

Awards4All Grant from the Big Lottery Fund

Awards4All Grant from the Big Lottery Fund

The Trust is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant from Awards4All for music therapy to take place in the St Ives Bay area. Sessions will be with pre-school children who have additional needs, and their families, and will be held in the St Ives Bay Clinic, Hayle Children’s Centre and a local school.

Music Therapy – What is it?

Music Therapy – What is it?

by Robin Bates, music therapist Of all the people I work with, there is one girl who can help me tell you what music therapy is about. She’s Bridget. A stunningly beautiful girl, eighteen years old. She has cerebral palsy, spends most of her life in a wheelchair, can’t move much and has no words. She’s part of a group of six teenagers I see for 45 mins every Tuesday at the Curnow School, Redruth. After five sessions with this group where I tried to help the people play xylophones, a guitar, pieces of percussion, I began to work with the voice. I sang a simple two note melody, offering […]