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Friday 16th February

BAMT Doctoral Research Symposium, Guildhall School Music Hall, 10am - 2pm (BOOKING NOW CLOSED)
All conference delegates involved or interested in PhD / doctoral study in music therapy are invited to the BAMT pre-conference Doctoral Research Symposium on Friday, 10am - 2pm in the Guildhall School Music Hall. This includes current PhD candidates, those teaching or supervising on music therapy related research, those considering undertaking PhD study, and those who have completed a PhD within the last few years, whether or not currently engaged in research. 

The Symposium offers an opportunity to meet with fellow researchers and students, to hear from current experts in the field of music therapy research, and to contribute to discussions on the future of doctoral research in music therapy. The symposium is also open to researchers from any music or health related discipline. The focus will be on music therapy research but will connect with research in arts in health, health musicking, sociology of music, improvisations practice, relational musicology and other fields. 

Registration for this event is FREE to conference delegates and includes a light lunch (£10 charge for non-conference delegates).

Please confirm your attendance by email to by Friday 9th February.  

'ELFT NHS Open House' at the BAMT Conference 2018, 1 - 4pm
Take this opportunity to start your conferencing early with an afternoon visit to us at East London NHS Foundation Trust for ELFT NHS Open House. We are delighted to partner with BAMT to offer Conference Delegates the opportunity to find out more about our approaches to developing, providing and sustaining Music and Arts Therapies in the NHS today. 

The afternoon will include input from Stephen Sandford Music Therapist and Trust Lead for Allied Health Professionals, Jennifer French Music Therapist and Head of Arts Therapies in Tower Hamlets and Dr. Catherine Carr Music Therapist and Clinical Lecturer at ELFT/World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development. 

Booking a (free!) ticket is essential as places are limited (and only available to Conference Delegates). If you are a conference delegate and would like to attend, please email BAMT for the code to book your place via this link.

We look forward to meeting you at ELFT NHS. 
Silk Threads: The Guildhall School's tapestry of music therapy research - 4.15pm 
To celebrate the conference and to mark the Guildhall School's contributions to the development of music therapy both in the UK and internationally, the ResearchWorks team is hosting a free to attend public event in Milton Court Concert Hall. The session will include oral history, personal recollections and academic accounts of the school's research history in music therapy, as well as presentations of current doctoral and post-doctoral research, and discussion on future developments. 

The event will be followed by a drinks reception in Milton Court (5.15 - 6pm). 

To book your place at this event, please click here

The Music Therapy Charity's Tony Wigram Memorial Lecture - 6pm
To mark the opening of the conference, you are invited to The Music Therapy Charity's Tony Wigram Memorial Lecture, which will be given by international speaker, Professor Inge Nygaard Pederson, from the University of Aalborg, Denmark. The lecture will take place at the Milton Court Concert Hall

The title of her lecture is:

‘Relational understanding of musical processes in music therapy in adult mental health’

Professor Pederson will be introduced by Professor Lynne Williams, Principal of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The conference is graciously being hosted by GSMD and the Barbican to mark the 50th anniversary year of the first UK music therapy training opening at GSMD.

Drinks Reception - 7pm
The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at St. Giles Cripplegate until 9pm ((BOOKING NOW CLOSED)
, culminating in a performance of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations, given by Asako Ogowa, teaching professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

This is a free event for both members of the public and conference delegates. Conference delegates can register for this event when booking online and are invited to bring one non-music therapist to the event as their guest. If you are a member of the public not attending the conference, please email to book your ticket. Places are limited; please do book early to avoid disappointment.

We would like to thank The Music Therapy Charity and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for supporting this event.

Saturday 17th February 

Question time debate  (This event is now fully booked)

All conference delegates are also invited to the question time debate, and music and drinks reception in the Garden Room, Conservatory, and Frobisher Auditorium 1 at the Barbican Centre from 7pm – 10pm.

This is a ticketed event for delegates who again, will be able to bring one non-music therapist to the event as their guest. Tickets, £10 per person, can be booked when registering for the conference online.

Places will be limited; please do book early to avoid disappointment.