BARONESS YOUNG OF HORNSEY
CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Baroness Young of Hornsey was appointed as the University of Nottingham’s new Chancellor with effect from the 6 February 2020. Baroness Young is an author, actor and peer. She became an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords in 2004 where she works on legislation to eliminate modern slavery, and is the founding co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion and Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights.
The Baroness will be moderator for the keynote speaker Evelyn Glennie.
Dame Evelyn Glennie is the world’s premier solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists. Her solo recordings exceed 40 CDs and are as diverse as her career on-stage. A double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee, Evelyn is also a composer for film, theatre and television. Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 1993 and has over 100 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour. Evelyn is currently forming The Evelyn Glennie Collection with a vision to open a centre that embodies her mission to Teach the World to Listen.
‘My career and my life have been about listening in the deepest possible sense. Losing my hearing meant learning how to listen differently, to discover features of sound I hadn’t realized existed. Losing my hearing made me a better listener.’
& IRENE LO COCO
CHILTERN MUSIC THERAPY, UK
Rebecca Atkinson is a Neurologic Music Therapist and Doctoral researcher with the University of Brighton. Alongside directing Chiltern Music Therapy she is part of the therapy and research team, and her main focus of work is in paediatric brain injury, neurodegenerative conditions, digital development and community rehabilitation. Under an Arts Council scholarship, Rebecca’s PhD research project is investigating the impact of music and speech for those diagnosed with childhood dementia.
Irene Lo Coco is a Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow, MATADOC Assessor and NICU-Music Therapist. Her clinical experience includes working with children and adults with a range of needs, including neuro-rehabilitation, dementia, learning disabilities, ASD, behavioural difficulties and complex medical needs. Irene holds the role of Music Technology Lead at Chiltern Music therapy.
DR. MONIKA GERETSEGGER
GAMUT, NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE, NO
Monika Geretsegger is a
certified music therapist and clinical psychologist, working as Senior Researcher at GAMUT – The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre, NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, Bergen, Norway.
She is managing Editor at Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.
With a broad academic background (psychology, music therapy, linguistics, interdisciplinary communication) and extensive clinical expertise in adult mental health and autism spectrum conditions, I am especially interested in interdisciplinary research, and in participatory approaches and user engagement in research.
MCMASTER UNIVERSITY, CANADA
Rachael Finnerty is a
Registered Psychotherapist, accredited Music Therapist
and founder of the Music Therapy Academy. She served as the president of the Music Therapy Association of Ontario from 2010-2014 and was the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, for Healthcare in 2015. Rachael brought 2 music therapy courses to McMaster University in 2010 and currently educates over 2000 students each academic year about music therapy.
Rachael started her doctoral studies in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour in September 2019. Her research focus is proactive wellness through music therapy.
& NICOLE BALM
TORONTO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA, CANADA
TSOUND Connections is a program developed collaboratively by Nicole Balm, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Manager (TSYO) and Dawn Ellis-Mobbs, Interim Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This program was created as a way to address the social isolation of seniors during the time of COVID through community music exchanges which were built upon a framework of training developed with Room 217. After a successful pilot project between Baycrest Health Centre and the TSYO, the program model was expanded and developed to include TSO Musicians, Peel Alzheimer Society and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
MCMASTER UNIVERSITY, CANADA
Chelsea works to incorporate evidence-informed music practices into different healthcare settings. Chelsea is a sessional instructor at McMaster University in the faculty of Health Sciences where she educates undergraduate students about music and the brain, and prepares them to run intergenerational music programs with schools and care homes.
As an instructor at the Room 217 Foundation, she educates students, healthcare providers and family members about how they can use music within their own caring practices. Chelsea runs a social enterprise called IMHope that provides opportunities for all people, independent of age and life stage, to engage with their communities through music.
LIVE MUSIC NOW, UK
Karen joined UK charity Live Music Now in 2004 and is Strategic Director for Children and Young People. The charity trains and employs around 300 early career musicians each year to deliver evidence-based music programmes which aim to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.
Karen works closely with colleagues in LMN branches across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to develop music programmes for children and young people in challenging circumstances, particularly those with additional learning needs. Prior to working at LMN, Karen led the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Programme for 8 years.
Based in Liverpool, Karen is also Director of LMN North West branch and plays viola in the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.
Over the last twenty years, Charlotte Miller has worked within a variety of settings including schools, nurseries, children centers and NHS hospitals across South London in delivering a variety of Music/Health/Education and Intergenerational related services.
Charlotte works as an Early Years Music Specialist offering Intergenerational Music Therapy sessions and is a Director of a children’s music company called Tempo Tots which offers a variety of services throughout the UK. IMM was born out of a desire to channel her professional music therapy, teaching, performing and leadership expertise into a venture that brings about positive social change for local communities.