Anglia Ruskin to establish UK's largest university-based Music Therapy centre

Published: 29 March 2011 at 12:52

Anglia Ruskin University will establish the largest Music Therapy centre in a UK university thanks to the generosity of one of its honorary award holders.

The donation from emerging markets expert Dr Jerome Booth is worth more than £1 million, taking into account the government’s matched funding scheme, and will double the space available for research, training and practice.

Described by the Financial News as one of the 100 most influential people in the City of London, Dr Booth’s love of music led him to find out more about Anglia Ruskin’s world-leading Music Therapy centre, which is based in Cambridge under the leadership of Professor Helen Odell-Miller.

Dr Booth, who is Head of Research for the Ashmore Group and a board member of the Britten Sinfonia, said:

“I’m delighted to be able to make this donation to a programme which makes such a difference.

“As well as bringing joy to so many people’s lives, music can also be used as a vital tool to help people overcome difficult emotional and psychological issues.”

Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne said:

“This is a fantastic gift from one of our distinguished honoraries which means we can build on the tremendous work already being done here to increase the reach and effectiveness of Music Therapy in helping adults and children.

“At a time when government funding is being drastically cut, this is particularly welcome to help us maintain our world-leading work in this area.”

The Music Therapy programme was set up within Anglia Ruskin’s Music Department in 1994. In addition to providing the first MA Music Therapy training in the UK, the department is a centre for excellence in research.

Music Therapy develops confidence and builds emotional and mental wellbeing for those experiencing illness, disability, and trauma. It is also used to encourage expression and creativity, which can also transform lives