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Autumn Serenade

Autumn Serenade

The lovely people at St Chad's Church invite you to Autumn Serenade, an evening with the Giocoso Wind Ensemble, accompanied by Helen Odell-Miller, Soprano.

This event will take place on Saturday 20 October from 7pm at St Chad's Church, York, and funds raised will support North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre.

The evening will include works by Bach, Mozart and Langford, plus Schubert's "The Shepherd on the Rock", and refreshments will be available.

There's no need to book, but donations are very welcome!

If you have an enquiry, please email Jill Shepherd.

To download a poster of this event, please click here

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NYMAZ SEND Music Network Gathering 2017

NYMAZ SEND Music Network is holding their annual network gathering for music professionals on Wednesday 15 November in Harrogate.

The Gathering is open to all those in North Yorkshire and Teesside who are working with (or interested in learning more about working with) children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, including music leaders, classroom teachers, SENCOs, Music Coordinators, Head Teachers, parents/carers and freelance practitioners.

Click here for more information.

1st World Music Therapy Day

Thanks go to Declan Suddaby, NYMTC Trustee for his composition for the 1st World Music Therapy Day on 5th July 2016. 

Declan has spoken about the transforming influence of music on his life and wanted to 'give back' by helping the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) to promote this special day.

Here is a performance of Declan's song "Music of the World", by the Council of the WFMT. Here again in the great outdoors!



Support from YBS Knaresborough

We were so delighted to be nominated for support through the Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) "Charity Choices" in Knaresborough and to be presented with a cheque for £300. A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us and to the team at YBS under the management of Rosie Brierley, seen below right with the three recipients and Roger Hewitt, Knaresborough's town crier.

Dementia Care talk

On Saturday 9th May, NYMTC Patron Professor Helen Odell-Miller gave an inspiring and fascinating talk on the benefits of music therapy for people with dementia and the research which underpins its use.

This was followed by a concert "Sounds Glorious" with the St Paulinus Singers, conducted by Sam Gardner and the Field Quartet and friends. The concert truly lived up to its name!

Thanks go to all the musicians and to the members of the Church of St Chad of the Knavesmire who made us so welcome and provided refreshments after the talk and during the interval. Particular thanks to Jill Shepherd for organising the concert.














Helen Odell-Miller joined the orchestra for the accompanied pieces in the concert, many thanks!


Inspiring young brass players

This Thursday saw a visit to Harrogate Ladies College to meet the members of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) and to talk about music therapy with NYBBGB Artistic Director Bramwell Tovey, a Patron of the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre. What a fantastic band, the standards of performance and discipline are extremely impressive.


Thank you Ryedale Festival!

We are thrilled to have had the support of the Ryedale Festival ( this year. Here is our stand for the final concert at the beautiful Hovingham Hall. Thanks to the audience's generosity at two of the concerts we have nearly £500 to help more people to access music therapy!

Last night of Ryedale Festival 2014











Annual Review launched!

Click here to read the latest review of our work.

Highlights of last year include seeing our young trustee Robert meeting Prince Andrew at the Award ceremony of the Duke of York's Community Initiative Award. He reflected afterwards,

“Music therapy changed my life for the better, it gave me the confidence to get on with my life after my diagnosis of autism and it paved the way for me to become a musician. I would be nowhere without it.”

The evening we hosted in October at the Bar Convent in York was lovely! Dr Simon Proctor and Felicity North from Nordoff Robbins spoke about practice and training, inspiring all of us there and promoting several members of the audience to go on and apply for training. What a great way of sowing seeds of interest!

Royal award holders conference a great success.

Royal award scheme goes from strength to strength

The Duke of York’s Community Initiative, a highly regarded award scheme that seeks to recognise third sector excellence throughout the whole of Yorkshire, has used its annual award holder’s conference to announce three major developments.

At the conference, which was held at HMP Askham Grange, representatives from more than thirty community groups and charities were given details of two brand new areas of support: The Business End (a business forum which invites businesses to use the Initiative's rigorous evaluation process as a means of ensuring their Corporate Social Responsibility agenda is implemented in the best possible way) and The Talent Bank (an on-line facility that will see more than one hundred award holders drawing together to provide a vast pool of mutual experience and expertise).

The third development is an increase of £5,000 in the Initiative’s Innovation Fund. This means that from September 2014 the Fund will be able to award grants totalling £15,000 to award holders who need help financing new and innovative projects.

Speaking at the conference Stephen Beyer, one of the Initiative’s trustees said: “These are really exciting times for the Duke of York’s Community Initiative. In less than two years we have moved on from being a scheme that simply recognises outstanding community involvement to an organisation that can support its award holders in both a financial and practical way.”

Meanwhile, in a personal message to the conference HRH the Duke of York, wrote: “The launch of The Talent Bank, the exciting opportunities that will come about through The Business End and the benefits to be had from an increased Innovation Fund are all developments that will help to ensure that organisations who meet the Initiative’s strict assessment criteria are able to expand their horizons without overstretching their current resources. So, whether you represent an organisation that affects the lives of hundreds of people or you are in a group that provides support for just a small number of individuals I as your Patron would like you to know that I have immense respect for you all”.  

Applications for the 2014 round of awards are still being received. For full details and an application form 

Celebrating Royal Award

We were thrilled to meet the approval of the assessors of the Duke of York's Community Initiative Award who renewed the award we first received in 2009. Go to the gallery to see photos of our meeting with Prince Andrew.