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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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
St Piran’s new Cornish Lullaby
The winning entries to the 2015 St Piran’s Lullaby Competition have been announced by the panel of judges comprising Leslie Bunt, Professor of Music Therapy at the University of the West of England; Sam Parker, Head of Music at Helston College; Mark Pugh, editor of MyCornwall magazine and local mother Emma Collins. The winners are: […]
Gig in a gig
Cornwall’s music therapists got together on 9th June 2013 to play the first ever ‘gig in a gig’ in Falmouth harbour, Cornwall, UK. The gig was timed to promote Music Therapy week 2013 and promote awareness of music therapy and the work we are doing locally.
Music Therapy Helps To Open Doors For Autistic Man From Gwithian
A 24 year old autistic man from Gwithian is just one of the hundreds of children and young adults with mental or physical illnesses, disabilities or emotional and behavioural problems whose lives have been transformed by the outstanding work being carried out by music therapists in Cornwall. Research shows that music therapy can help people of all ages with a wide range of conditions, […]
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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. […]
Music Therapy at Little Harbour
by Music Therapist Matt Davis The CMTT funded a half-day per week pilot project to provide music therapy at Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in Cornwall. This work is now continuing through Children’s Hospice South West’s own music therapy provision. The work undertaken at the hospice is different to that which I normally do – for […]
The Measurement of Not Knowing
by Matt Davis, Music Therapist Around a year ago I was visiting a six year old boy, John (named changed), in a special needs unit in a mainstream primary school in East Cornwall. John had been referred for presenting with Asperger’s type symptoms. John was articulate and was able to read, and liked books, which was often a distraction as the […]
Melody Is a Risk
by Music Therapist Robin Bates This boy, Gabriel, has just taken a big risk. He has just sung Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (TTLS) together with me in a music therapy group for seven children with profound and multiple learning difficulties in the Curnow School, Redruth. the look on his face, of excitement and exuberance, speaks of the terrific effort he has made The […]
It Could Only Happen To A Music Therapist
by Music Therapist Robin Bates One of the most bizarre situations I can remember happened three months after I qualified. My first ever client in Cornwall was a little boy I’m calling Vyvyan, seven years old, who had cerebral palsy, was quadriplegic, had epilepsy. His parents had moved from London and were living in a tiny cottage at the head of Polwheveral Creek […]
Music Therapy With A Man With MS
by Ruth Boulton, Registered Music Therapist I’d like to portray my recent work with a man at a Leonard Cheshire Home, for whom the Trust has provided 19 weeks of group therapy. ‘Dave’ (name changed) is middle aged, suffers from multiple sclerosis and is now living life in a wheelchair with deteriorating memory and minimal […]
Open Group Music Therapy Sessions With People In The Late Stages Of Dementia On Garner Ward At Bodmin Hospital
by Liz Norman, Music Therapist I arrived at about 1.30pm, this time everyone was sitting indoors as it was raining outside. Becky and a couple of other members of nursing staff were sitting with the patients in the area at the top of the ward near the nurses’ station. There were two or three faces I knew from the previous […]
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Duchy Singers Messiah 2017
On Saturday 16th December 2016, the Duchy Singers will perform their 27th annual charity Messiah in St Mary’s Church, Penzance. This is a wonderful annual concert enjoyed by everyone who attends. The ninety strong chorus and four soloists will join together with the St. Mewan Sinfonia, conducted by Nigel Wicken. The Cornwall Music Therapy Trust is once again the concert’s nominated charity, for which we are very grateful. Advance tickets are available from Morrab Studio.
Camerata Kernow Christmas Concert
Nigel Wicken has chosen a delightfully varied and illuminating programme of music for the Christmas concert by Camerata Kernow at Roselidden on 17th December. He is well known for finding outstanding works that are rarely performed, and this concert is no exception. The first half showcases music by a ‘dream team’ of 16th century European composers including Palestrina and Monteverdi from Italy, Orlando Gibbons from England, and Heinrich Isaac, de Wert and Sweelinck from the Lowlands. The pieces, which were composed for church services during the four week period of Advent, will transport us back in time to the baroque period. We come bang up to the present day in the second half, with carols from a group of outstanding contemporary British composers; Gabriel Jackson, Bob Chilcott, John Tavener, Will Todd and Sally Beamish. These pieces are all about Christmas; meditations on angels, shepherds, the virgin birth, snow and candle light. All profits will go to the Cornwall Music Therapy Trust, and we thank Roselidden for their continued support Tickets are £10, to include light refreshments, and may be reserved in advance from Peter Hadfield on 01326 558748 or firstname.lastname@example.org