Facilitators

Trish Vella-Burrows

• Deputy Director, Sidney De Haan Research (SDH) Centre for Arts & Health
• Lecturer in Music, Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University
• Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health
• PhD in Music and people with dementia

Trish is by background a registered nurse, speclialising in long-term conditions including dementia and Parkinson’s, and a community music practitioner. In her capacity as Deputy Director and Principal Research Fellow for the SDH Centre, Trish continues to research the brain’s receptors and responses to creative arts, and the effects of the resulting body chemistry. Trish uses these research findings to design music and movement programmes that best support people experiencing the symptoms of specific health conditions and disorders.

email: trish@music4wellbeing.org.uk
tel: 07790 263762

Jodi Watson

With a 1:1 degree in Theatre Practice from the Central School of Speech & Drama, following a BTEC in Performing Arts from Thanet Technical College, Jodi became engrossed in Community Arts practice at Welfare State International in Cumbria, a radical arts company who pioneered the community arts movement.

Anything involving a sharing of positive live energy between people is Jodi’s passion and since 2008 she has been developing her skills for creating vocal harmony amongst communities of people singing songs from around the world.

Since returning to her home town of Broadstairs in 2012 Jodi has been engaging and enthusing people around the Wantsum River with her unique, upbeat and down to earth facilitating style. She currently runs Sing Your Socks Off, Seaside Singers, United Mothers and various sessions for Music 4 Wellbeing, a company grounded in singing for health and wellbeing research.

email: info@wantsumarts.co.uk 
tel: 07909 565255
website: info@wantsumarts.co.uk

Nicola Wydenbach

Nicola Wydenbach, soprano, is an RCM graduate

She is an experienced educationalist. She is regular leader for Streetwise Opera who work within the homeless sector. She has worked on projects for the English National Opera, Opera North, English Touring Opera, Garsington, Sing Up and Youth Music. From 2013-14, Nicola was Vocal Director for Voices of the Future for the Royal Opera House. She has also recently been Musical Director for Aldeburgh Festival’s pop up performances “Albert Herring Feasts” as well as Gylndebourne’s Young Voices Project. She

She is currently Musical Director for the D’Vine Singers in Sevenoaks. She is also a leader in Garsington’s Opera for All Programme 2015-17. She also leads three specialist singing groups for people with Parkinson’s in Camberwell, Pimlico and Chatham.

email: nicolawydenbach@yahoo.co.uk
tel: 07967 442935
website: www.nicolawydenbach.com

Nicola Vella-Burrows

Nicola is a singer, guitarist and flautist. She has trained and worked as a singing for health facilitator for Music4Wellbeing and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health since 2009.

She currently specialises in group and one-to-one music and rhythmic movement sessions for people living with Dementia and Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions, as well as various other community music projects and performances.

Nicola is currently undertaking various further training in the expressive arts and voice therapy fields. She believes strongly in the potential for music, movement and creativity to increase well-being, improve communication and develop self-expression within society.