Category Archives: News

Essay from the ‘British Journal of Music Therapy’ by Tina Warnock: ‘Voice and the Self in Improvised Music Therapy’

This essay by Belltree’s Head of Service Tina Warnock has just been published in Vol. 25 No. 2 of the British Journal of Music Therapy. To read it in PDF, click the following link: Voice and the Self in Improvised Music Therapy.

If you would like to subscribe to the journal, become a member of the British Association for Music Therapy at This is also a great way to support the growth and development of the profession.

Listen to Tina Warnock’s Colourful Radio interview

To listen to Tina’s recent radio interview about Belltree and National Music Therapy Week, follow this link:

Select number 14 (2011-06-03-1100) and skip to 42 minutes on the player.

Tina was interviewed by Colourful Radio’s Karla Williams.

Upcoming events during National Music Therapy Week

Songs for Belltree – Wednesday 8th June. 7pm – 11pm.

Brighton’s Latest Music Bar presents ‘Songs For Belltree’ on Wednesday 8th June.  The gig is part of a series of nationwide events supporting the UK’s first ever National Music Therapy Week (6 – 11th June 2011) and features an enviable line up of artists including Kate Walsh, Lucky Jim, Eddie Myer (Turin Brakes) Sarah Jay (Massive Attack) and rising star James Bay.

Doors at 7pm – 11pm.  Tickets are available from:

Brighton is celebrating National Music Therapy Week with a series of events across the city including ‘An Introduction to Music Therapy’ for health care professionals and interested members of the public.

The nationwide event will see music therapists across the UK work together to promote positive awareness of music therapy through the communication of case studies and news using a network of e – newsletters, magazines, music events and talks all supported by a programme of social networking and PR.

An Introduction To Music Therapy  – Monday 6th June at Komedia.

Music therapists from Sussex will present information and case studies to show how music therapy can be of benefit to many people, particularly those with communication and emotional difficulties related to disability, illness or injury. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions to music therapists with a wide range of experience.

 6pm – 8.15pm.  Entry is £3 on the door

Busking for Belltree- 7th & 8th June

Students of Brighton Institute of Modern Music are supporting ‘Busking for Belltree’ on Tuesday 7th June by performing at the piazza of ‘ Churchill Square Shopping Centre (12 – 3pm) and again on Wednesday 8th June at the Pavilion Gardens (12 – 3pm) with students from the prestigious music college performing alongside students from Downs View Link College to raise money and awareness of the benefits of music therapy.

The Great Music Therapy Week Improvisation

The day: Sunday 22nd May 2011. The time: between 5pm and 7pm. A live, online improvisation between ensembles around the country will be taking place to promote National Music Therapy Week.

Groups in Faversham, London, Bristol, Yorkshire and
Scotland will all be listening and responding to a preprepared loop of sound-sculptor Henry Dagg playing the Sharpsicord, transmitted over Skype.

For a taste of Dagg’s remarkable sound, take a look at this video on YouTube, which shows Henry Dagg playing the saw alongside the Sharpsichord (also known as the Pin-Barrel Harp).

Dagg with the Pin-Barrel Harp

Aside from being a potentially beautiful piece of creative art, this event is also a wonderful example of how music and sound can be used to create a communicative link between people, regardless of distance.

First National Music Therapy Week announced

The British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) has announced that the new National Music Therapy Week will be running from 6th to 11th June 2011, with the aim of increasing awareness of how music therapy can improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

The week-long event will see music therapists in health and education services, and specialist centres across the UK working together to promote positive awareness of music therapy through case studies, music events and talks.

Tina Warnock, music therapist and co-ordinator of Music Therapy Week, says: “Music therapy uses the unique properties of music to help people who are emotionally isolated to communicate and express themselves, sometimes for the first time in their lives.  It also supports recovery and management of medical conditions such as neurological disease and brain injury. This week of promotion will offer the public a chance to get involved and find out more about how they can support music therapy to make an even bigger difference to the lives of people around them.”

We’ll be keeping you up to date with news of local events happening during National Music Therapy Week over the coming days, so keep an eye on the blog!

Welcome to the Belltree Blog!

This marks the first post of the all-new Belltree Music Therapy Centre blog, set up in order to broaden awareness of music therapy both locally and nationally. If you’d like to know a bit more about us, click on the ‘About Belltree’ tab or the Belltree website link on the left-hand side of the page.

We will be posting articles, interviews and updates about Belltree and local music therapy events as well as explaining a bit more about the process and benefits of music therapy itself. If you have any suggestions or questions concerning these posts, don’t hesitate to leave a comment, as we’d love to know what you think.

We hope you will find the blog informative and enjoyable.