Music therapy service featured in BBC broadcast

George on the drums in music therapy session

BBC Radio 3 sat in on a music therapy session at Wensley Close, Eltham last week.

The trust's music therapy service based at Wensley Close, Eltham, featured in an inspirational article broadcast on Radio 3's magazine programme Music Matters on Saturday 4 June (12.15-1pm).   The show's presenter, Tom Service, travelled to Eltham to interview three year old George, who has the rare condition bilateral anophthalmia and was born with no eyes; his mother Claire and Specialist Music Therapist Emily Cawdron.  

Music therapists are highly trained professionals who use sound, rhythm and improvised music to form a therapeutic relationship with the client.   Like all music therapists, Emily is a trained musician, and it was wonderful to hear how George -with the aid variously of drums, glockenspiel, guitar, a bunch of keys and his voice - communicated with Emily who provided vocals and piano.   This was only the third session George had attended and Tom was clearly moved and impressed by the way that George's communication grew and developed during the 30 minutes the therapy lasted.

The service is part of Greenwich Community Health Services and its 16 music therapists are among only 147 employed by the NHS nationally, making it the largest statutory music therapy service of its kind in the UK.

The interview comes ahead of National Music Therapy Week (6-11 June 2011) and to celebrate this, the music therapy service is holding an open day on 7 June from 10am to 5.15pm. There will be lectures and music workshops throughout the day - places for the workshops are limited so people wishing to attend these should book beforehand by email: j.nockolds@nhs.net or by calling 020 8294 3139.

Published on 6th June 2011