Aesop Arts and Society

Aesop is a charity and social enterprise. Aesop is a bridge-builder, connecting the worlds of health and the arts. It’s helping health harness the powers of the arts, and helping the arts gear up to deliver health improvement.

Tim Joss:

01993 870161

1st floor, 3 Welch Way, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 6JH

Motivation and Co. UK Ltd

Motivation & Co. provides physical and mental stimulation sessions throughout the care sector. We have a fully researched session that we deliver, that comprises of Mental stimulation & Cognitive Therapy, Chair Exercises and Games and Music Therapy, a whole host of different therapies can be used to provide the stimulation and motivation that our company promotes and encourages for our clients

Music and the Deaf

Music and the Deaf is the only UK charity entirely dedicated to providing access, education and opportunities in music for deaf people of all ages. The charity has built an international reputation for pushing the boundaries of what deaf people can aspire to and achieve, and is led by Danny Lane, himself a profoundly deaf musician. We provide training, consultancy, workshops, performances and educational resources to schools, music hubs and independent cultural partners so that deaf people of all ages can be fully involved with music. Our ground-breaking projects such as the Deaf Youth Orchestra, Frequalise (music technology for deaf students), Access and Inclusion in Music (AIM) school workshops, and The FORTE Ensemble (a quartet of deaf musicians) have raised awareness of the issues and difficulties surrounding deafness, and combat the sense of isolation that many deaf people can face, encouraging and supporting them in their musical learning.

Danny Lane, Artistic Director (

Musical Connections

Musical Connections aim to enable older, isolated and vulnerable people to lead happier, healthier lives through communal singing and music-making. They currently run 10 weekly music groups and choirs in a range of care and community settings: care-homes, sheltered housing schemes, community centres and GP surgeries. They also run a large programme of intergenerational music events and activities in partnership with local schools, York College and both of the city’s universities. Each year, we work with at least 250 beneficiaries, and a similar number of children and young people.

Fiona Chapman (

Music & Wellbeing, University of Sheffield

Music and Wellbeing is a research unit within the Music Department at the University of Sheffield. It was launched in May 2015. Our team is dedicated to studying the role of music in both every day and extraordinary life challenges, with a special focus on improving understanding of how music practices can be adopted to best support optimised, personalised wellbeing. Examples of recent research questions include:

  • Can music help me sleep?
  • In what ways can music support care for individuals living with dementia?
  • How can practice environments be optimised for musicians?
  • In what ways can playing in a musical group benefit but also challenge our wellbeing?
  • How can we support musicians living with depression and anxiety related conditions?
  • In what ways does musical practice impact on the development of children from deprived communities?

All these questions, and more, represent the current project interests within Music and Wellbeing. See our Projects page for more details.You can also visit our YouTube channel, which features videos (talks, video blogs) from the Music & Wellbeing team and our Facebook page for our latest news.

Nordoff Robbins

At Nordoff Robbins, everything we do is about people and music. We celebrate the connection and joy music can bring to those with life-limiting illnesses, physical disabilities or emotional challenges. As the UK’s leading independent music therapy charity, we work across the UK offering vital support through our dedicated open access centres and alongside over 150 partner organisations.

Our therapists work in schools, nurseries, hospitals, care homes, prisons and community centres, to make sure that we are reaching and supporting the UK’s most vulnerable and isolated people, when and where they need help most.

Nordoff Robbins is the only UK music therapy charity with a dedicated research team. The research team provides empirical evidence to support the practice of music therapy as well as connecting this practice to the wider social implications of music-making.

Craig Robertson, Head of Research: 

General Inquiries:

North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre

 Since 1990, our professional Music Therapists have been helping people across North Yorkshire. Music therapy enables people of all ages and abilities to communicate and express themselves through music, voice, instruments and music technology. It can help people to build confidence, develop social skills, improve dexterity and process emotional or psychological problems.

Laura Festa is currently the Director of the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre in Malton, and combines clinical work in SEN schools with the development of the charity. Before training as a music therapist, Laura obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and a Master’s degree in Literature from Roma Tre University, Rome, combining her love for humanistic disciplines. Following this, she worked for ten years in special needs schools with children with ASD and PMLD, and ran her own Music Therapy Centre, working with pregnant women in preventative interventions, focusing on PPP and PPD, victims of sexual abuse and baby loss.  Laura relocated to the UK in 2014 and worked for the MHA in Care Home Settings before starting her role with NYMTC.

Laura Festa (

Kate Wareham

Kate is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield researching everyday music listening amongst young people, with a focus on those who are homeless. Through her research she hopes to contribute to service design which reflects the ways in which young people use music to help them manage and navigate their lives. Find out more here:

Kate Wareham (

Pyramid of Arts

Pyramid of Arts is a Leeds-based arts collective which focuses on investing in people with learning disabilities through the discovery, development and disruption of the arts.   We consistently work to overcome the barriers that prevent people with learning disabilities from fully accessing and engaging in the arts, as both artists and audience. Importantly, we ensure that we reach people with the highest support needs and those most at risk of social exclusion due to the nature of their disabilities and work with them to explore, create and experience art and culture in a meaningful way.   

Alice Clayden (

University of Derby, Arts & Health Centre of Excellence

Website under construction.

Summary of relevant activities: research; innovative teaching; practice enquiry; creative ageing consortium; arts and health and wellbeing; compassion and wellbeing

Nicola Barnett, Deputy Administrative Officer (

01332 591229

Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB

University of Winchester, The Centre for Arts as Wellbeing

The Centre for The Arts as Wellbeing, University of Winchester encompasses music, performance, dance, movement, literary, visual and other art forms. The centre hosts an evaluation, research, teaching and consultancy programme that explores the impact of arts and culture on health and wellbeing. It has established an evaluation led approach to arts interventions – especially in dementia care – in hospitals, the community and care homes.

Holly Pye, Administrator:

01962 827212

Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR