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BAMT Conference 2020 Events

Friday 3rd April 2020

Vocal Workshop with John D'Arcy and HIVE Choir (FULLY BOOKED)

Friday 2-3pm 

Cost: £5

This interactive workshop led by John D’Arcy, director of HIVE Choir, will explore listening and vocalisation in a large group setting. You will participate in vocal improvisation and sound-games informed by practices in well-being and experimental music. 

John D’Arcy is an artist based in Belfast working with technologically mediated live performance, voice-based intermedia artwork, and site-specific storytelling and song-making. John lectures digital media at Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast. John currently directs HIVE Choir and co-ordinates Belfast-based sound art collective Umbrella.

HIVE Choir is a vocal ensemble based in Belfast that inherits its membership and approach from earlier projects emerging in the city - the Bird on a Wire ensemble and Belfast City Choir. HIVE Choir composes and performs new music using found text, verbal notation, graphic scores, improvisation and audio technologies. 

The workshop will be conducted mostly standing and may involve some movement.
Seating can be provided where necessary.
Wheelchair access is available. Please let us know about your access needs on signup

Places are limited (40) please book in advance.

BAMT Trainee Day

Friday 2-3pm 

This event is open for all music therapy trainees to attend. Presented by Clare Maddocks, BAMT Student Liaison Officer, and Triona McCaffrey, lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. With a strong focus on the conference's theme of collaboration and exchange, this event promises to be a dynamic and thought-provoking start to the conference.

The event will incorporate case study presentations by experienced music therapists, Alison Barrington, Rebecca O'Connor and Jonathan Booth as well as a presentation from the TEC committee of the BAMT. In addition to this, Clare and Triona will lead an interactive session that will provide opportunities for trainees to network with peers from other trainings and discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by our theme of collaboration and exchange.

Book your place via the below page;

PhD Symposium (FULLY BOOKED)

Friday 2-5pm

This symposium is for all those currently undertaking a PhD, those who are thinking about starting one, or who would just want to know more about what doing a PhD entails. The theme will echo that of the conference; we will look at how to build connections with other researchers and to link with the wider research community and environment. It will be an active, student focused workshop at which all PhD students are invited to give a very short summary of their project, and to describe who their collaborators are within this. There will be time to talk with others and discover the links and connections between you and your projects. The symposium will be supported by Catherine Carr and Helen Loth. 

Immersive Audio showcase at Sonic Lab (FULLY BOOKED)

Friday 3.30-4.30pm

This is a FREE event

This relaxed seminar and concert will showcase current research projects emanating from the Sonic Arts Research Centre. With a focus on well-being, immersive sound and spatial audio, this showcase will demonstrate the world-leading sound system of the Sonic Lab at SARC.

You will hear sound compositions by SARC staff and students who explore soundscape, field recording, 360° audio and acoustic phenomena. One of these projects is a collection of permanent sound installations at the Northern Ireland Hospice, specifically designed for well-being of residents. 

Places are limited (80) please book in advance.

The Sonic Arts Research Centre

Since its founding in 2001, the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) has become a globally recognised institute for music-based practice and research, broadly conceived. SARC brings together researchers in composition, performance, musicology, computing for musical applications, acoustics and perception, sound recording, interaction design, broadcast, critical improvisation studies, sound art, aesthetics and media theory. A purpose designed building with a state-of-the-art Sonic Laboratory and multichannel studios was opened by Karlheinz Stockhausen in 2004 during the Sonorities Festival, which is hosted biennially by SARC.

SARC is home to the world famous Sonic Laboratory. Often remarked as a 'cinema for the ear'. The Sonic Lab is a specialist acoustic space designed to provide a unique and exciting listening experience, in fact, the auditory equivalent of an IMAX cinema. Forty-eight loudspeakers, strategically located, will project and move sounds throughout the space, including underneath the audience. No other auditorium for sonic art performance and experimentation currently exists with this revolutionary feature. The provision of this facility gives Northern Ireland a unique and pioneering role in a rapidly developing field.

Opening Ceremony & Drinks Reception (LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE)

Friday 3rd April, 6pm to 8pm

Belfast City HallBanqueting Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast, BT1 5GS

Belfast City Hall is the civic building of Belfast City Council located in Donegall Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland. It faces North and effectively divides the commercial and business areas of the city centre.
Plans for the City Hall began in 1888 when Belfast was awarded city status by Queen Victoria. This was in recognition of Belfast's rapid expansion and thriving linen, ropemaking, shipbuilding and engineering industries. Construction began in 1898 under the supervision of architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas and was completed in 1906. 

We are inviting you to this wonderful building for our Drinks Reception to mark the beginning of the Conference. There will be a few speeches, including a guest speaker and some light music. Please come together with your fellow music therapists for a glass of wine or two, to begin a full weekend of inspiration, networking and enjoyment. 

There is no charge for this event, but please book a place as a ticket is essential due to the guest list requirements of Belfast City Hall.

Keynote Speech 1 - Saturday (Prof Wendy Magee)

Michael Swallow OBE, who died in 2018, was a consultant neurologist, and musician, with a life-long connection with music. A great supporter of music therapy, he created the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust (now Everyday Harmony). Our conference will begin on Saturday morning with the Michael Swallow lecture, and we are thrilled to announce that this will be delivered by Professor Dr Wendy Magee.

Wendy is Professor of Music Therapy at Temple University, Philadeophia, where she is Co-ordinator of the Masters program, teaching in the doctoral programs in Philadelphia and at Temple Japan. She has practiced in neurological rehabilitation since 1988 as a music therapy clinician, researcher, manager and trainer (Australia, Ireland, UK and USA) with adults and children, holding a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London 2004 - 2011. As a clinician, Dr Magee’s clinical interests lie with people with complex needs stemming from acquired neurological conditions, including brain injury, stroke, degenerative neurological illness and, most significantly, disorders of consciousness. Her publications span music therapy, music psychology, neuroscience, medicine, rehabilitation, psychology, and health sociology. The topics of her research include evidence-based practice in neurorehabilitation including a Cochrane Review; measures for rehabilitation; music therapy and identity; and new and emerging music technologies in health and education. Her current research collaborations include partners in the USA, UK, Europe, South America, New Zealand and China with a focus on brain injury.

Saturday 4th April 2020 


Saturday 4th April, 4.30 – 6pm (tbc)

Lecture Theatre, Queens University BelfastUniversity Rd, Belfast BT7 1NN

You are invited to the Music Therapy Charity public lecture at Queens University Belfast (Lecture Theatre) from 4.30-6.00pm on Saturday 4th April 2020. 

International speaker Professor Gro Trondalen from the Norwegian Academy of Music, Norway will deliver the Music Therapy Charity Tony Wigram Travelling Fellowship memorial lecture.

Gro Trondalen, PhD, MA-MT, Fellow of AMI, is Professor in Music Therapy and Senior researcher at the Centre for Research in Music and Health (CREMAH) at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She is an experienced music therapy clinician and supervisor in the field of child welfare and adult mental health and maintains a private practice in The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). 

The title of the lecture is: Collaboration and Exchange in Music: an intersubjective perspective.

Professor Trondalen will be introduced by Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE, Director of the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at Anglia Ruskin University, and Vice Chair of The Music Therapy Charity. The lecture falls in the 50th anniversary year of The Music Therapy Charity, and celebrates the long established work of the charity in supporting music therapy research.

Céilí & Gala Buffet

Saturday 4th April , 6.30 – 10pm (time tbc)

Whitla Hall, Queens University Belfast, University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN

The Whitla Hall is located on the QUB campus adjacent to the Lanyard Building.

The Hall was built with a bequest from Sir William Whitla and was opened in December 1935.

We look forward to our Saturday night Céilí here this year. 

Arrival will be from 6.30pm at the Whitla Hall. The cost for this is £19.99 and will include wine, a buffet supper and an evening of traditional Irish dancing with a live band and caller. There will also be a bar where other refreshments will be available. 

Let’s make this a great night of dancing and merriment… Sláinte!

Keynote Speech 2 - Sunday (Dr Hilary Moss)

Dr Hilary Moss will give our keynote presentation on Sunday 5th April. Hilary is going to share her experience of learning from and engaging with experts by experience in our consideration of arts in healthcare settings. Hilary is Course Director of the MA in Music Therapy at the World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland, and previously the Director of the National Centre for Arts and Health, Dublin. She completed her PhD at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine and has an MBA in Health Service Management. She is a musician and Music Therapist with 24 years’ experience. She is Chair of the Arts and Health Research Cluster at UL and a member of the Health Research Institute and the Ageing Research Centre. Hilary leads several research programmes at UL, including music therapy and chronic pain, singing for people with dementia, the well-being benefits of workplace choirs and music therapy for adolescent mental health.

For more information on her work see;