Meaningful Music Seminar

Friday 15 April  2pm (registration 1.30pm)  The Chapter House: Gloucester Cathedral

Music is more than an art form; it has the power to touch the soul, to evoke long-forgotten memories, to produce tears and laughter. In the hazy mist of dementia, psychosis or stroke, music may be the one channel of communication to ease the pain and isolation of the condition. This seminar will bring together clinicians and musicians to explore and celebrate how and why music works, in the stunning setting of Gloucester Cathedral.

  • An afternoon of speakers interspersed with live performance
  • Early evening drinks
  • 3 course dinner in the historic Parliament Suite with after-dinner speaker.

This seminar is aimed at medical professionals, music therapists, musicians, healthcare professionals, arts & health practitioners and anyone interested in the use of music in the health sector.

Find full details about the seminar hereSeminar Programme

Evening Menu

Meaningful Music, a cello in a cornfield with bare arms wrapped around it

Our contributors include:

John Cox: Professor Emeritus of Keele University, Past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Trustee of The Musical Brain. Also a talented amateur tenor, who has just completed a Schubert Lieder Marathon in Cheltenham and London.

James Gilchrist: Abandoned postgraduate training as a physician when his career as an internationally acclaimed tenor took off.

Anthea Holland: Former GP and now Director of the Gloucestershire charity Mindsong (Music for dementia). Anthea is the daughter of the late Ronald Henson, Consultant Neurologist and Physician in Charge of the Neurological Department at The Royal London until 1978, and President of the Royal London Hospital Music Society for many years. Together with Macdonald Critchley he edited Music and the Brain (Heinemann 1977) which brought together clinicians and neuroscientists to explore this area for the first time.

Adrian Partington: Musical Director of Gloucester Cathedral and Artistic Director of both the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival and the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

Michael Trimble: Emeritus Professor in Behavioural Neurology at the Institute of Neurology and Honorary Consultant to the Department of Psychological Medicine at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London and a trustee of The Musical Brain. He has a particular interest in emotional responses to artistic experiences.

Maggie Grady  BA (Hons) Music; PGCE; LRSM; MA Music Therapy: Mindsong’s lead therapist

Fiona Taylor  ARCM MA Music (Cam)  MA Music therapy: Professional musician and composer and Mindsong music therapist.

Anna Tilbrook: One of Britain’s most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. She made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at Europe’s major concert halls and festivals, as well as coaching regularly for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Cost per person: £75 to include 3 course dinner and wine.  We have a limited number of Seminar Only places at £50 per person.

How to book: As places are limited please email us first, to reserve your place/s. Email us at

Payment Options: To keep costs low we are not using a booking agent. Payment can be made directly to us via internet banking or by cheque.

Bank details: 77-27-23  22671260 (Lloyds Bank)   Please use the reference: Seminar

Cheques: Make payable to Mindsong. Post to 28 Vine Way, Tewkesbury, Glos GL20 5FJ (please make sure you enclose your name, address and email and the event you are booking for)


The Chapter House is fully accessible and there are accessible loos nearby. Sadly, the Parliament Rooms (our only option for dinner) are in an ancient building with no lift and are inaccessible for wheelchairs. If you would like to attend the seminar only and are a wheelchair user, or are disabled and attending with a personal assistant, please contact us directly on


  • Reserved places must be paid for within 3 days of your confirmation email.
  • Ticket are non-refundable except if the event is cancelled. However, we may offer to sell on tickets to other attenders if we have a waiting list.