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: Iris Boulton, 14, of Madron (11-18 category) with ‘Lullaby’; and Class One of Otterham School (up to 11 category) with ‘The Lullaby of St Piran’. Iris Boulton is a player in Penzance Youth String Orchestra, members of which took part in the recording together with 16-year-old soprano Kerenza Hurr. Judges thought that her lullaby was […]
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.
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, including autism, cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, eating disorders, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Downs syndrome and communication disorders. “Music can touch emotions which often cannot be expressed in words and which sometimes prevent a full engagement with education – and life” explained music therapist Robin Bates. “In the words of Ryan, a ten year old boy who is currently receiving music therapy: Music’s great; I can put […]