The Music4Wellbeing Team

Music4Wellbeing delivers regular, fun, stimulating, participatory group activities in Kent to improve people’s wellbeing.

Sessions include singing, music and associated activities, such as dance, rhythmic instruments, story-writing and crafts and more.

Our activities provide regular social points of contact with people from your local community and wide-ranging positive benefits to health and wellbeing.

Meet the Team

Dr Patricia (Trish) Vella-Burrows, BEM

Director and Director of Training

Therapeutic Arts Practitioners

Charlie Hannah

Nicola Vella-Burrows

Phil Self

Sadie Hurley

Richard Latham

Rachel Lowrie

Sue Lovell

Simon Lee

Jon Beetham

Jenny Blackwell

Join Our Team

M4W is keen to grow its high quality practitioner team. Click here to find out about our training and mentorship programmes.

For an informal chat about any aspect of joining our practitioner team, please contact Trish on 07790 263 762.

Dr Patricia Vella-Burrows

• Principal Research Fellow, 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, specialising 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.

Gemma Warren

Gemma has worked with Music4Wellbeing since 2019. She has strong administrative skills and supports the Charity Director and Director of Training in securing funding for music activities. She assists with publicity and book-keeping and manages the Music4wellbeing activity calendar.

Gemma thoroughly enjoys attending Music4Wellbeing activities to take a break from her desk and meet participants in person, and often brings along with her teenage daughters, who love to volunteer at sessions.

Charlie Hannah

Charlie Hannah has been working as a therapeutic music practitioner specialising in Dementia and Parkinson’s since 2018 and now facilitates 10 regular groups around the Kent area.

He also runs choirs for Living Lively and teaches music at Stone Bay Montessori Nursery school. His children’s music teaching and original songs have reached a wider audience with his YouTube channel ‘Charlie’s Tunes’.

Charlie also performs, writes and records as a solo artist and as a member of Margate based band Itchy Teeth.

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.

Phil Self

As one of Music4Wellbeing’s longest established practitioners, Phil is an Advanced Therapeutic Practitioner and Trainer for M4W and Sing To Beat Parkinson’s.

Phil enjoys the varied musical life that his wide-ranging skill set offers. He divides his time between facilitating M4W singing groups and community choirs around East Kent, working with many respected charities and organisations such as the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and
Health, Canterbury Cantata Trust and Living Lively, and regular performance, composing and touring work. The latter includes work with bands and artists such as Yndi Halda, Will Varley, Molly’s Lips, Cocos Lovers and The Hellfire Orchestra.

Phil is a member of The Montrose Composers Club (MCC), a group set up to share, create, improvise and perform new musical works. The MCC have performed regularly at the Folkestone Profound Sound Festival and continue to develop interesting collaborations with local creatives such as visual
artist Matt Rowe and the Sacconi Quartet who have performed some of their works.

Phil’s solo project, ‘DAU’, provides him with the opportunity to explore soundscape and drone-based music. Phil studied Music Technology and Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Keele University where he started to develop his sound and creative music production skills, focusing heavily on creative applications of technology such as electro-acoustic composition and video production.

Phil has included these elements of his work in large scale, on-line community projects which have included M4W participants, myriad other amateur and professional musicians and young people from Simon Langton School, Canterbury.

Sadie Hurley

Sadie has worked with Music4Wellbeing for over six years as a Therapeutic Music Practitioner, and has over 10 years’ experience working as a singing for health group facilitator with the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health.

In addition to facilitating general singing for health groups, Sadie specialises in singing groups for people
with Parkinson’s, chronic respiratory problems, children and adults with learning difficulties and the LGBT community.

Aside from her M4W work, Sadie is a freelance drama and music practitioner. She completed a BA in Performing Arts at Christ Church
University and an MA in Applied Theatre from the Central School of Speech and Drama. Sadie is also the co-director of JimJam Arts, a theatre company based in Folkestone known for the popular festival Folkestone Living Advent Calendar.

Richard Latham

Richard (Rich) Latham has been a drummer for as long as he can remember, but went in an African direction nearly twenty years ago. Several study tours to Gambia and Burkina Faso gave him the inspiration, knowledge and skills which he uses as Rich Rhythms – teaching traditional
rhythms in all kinds of workshop situations, performing alongside DJs in clubs, and reskinning/rebuilding djembes for clients throughout the UK.

Rachel Lowrie

Rachel joined the Music4Wellbeing as a Therapeutic Arts Practitioner in late 2022. She is a singer, songwriter and musician based in Medway, Kent. She has a BMus degree completed at Canterbury Christchurch
University in 2004 and since then, has been a facilitator of various Community Music groups and workshops within Kent.

Currently Rachel works part-time as a Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) in Medway, supporting people with voice problems using voice care strategies and voice exercises to rehabilitate their voice. She has also worked as an Adult Community SLT supporting people living with various neurological conditions who may have swallow or communication difficulties.

Rachel runs a community choir in Medway which has been evolving since 2017 and delivers music and wellbeing workshops for the Dwell and Aspire projects run by Medway Community Healthcare. As much as possible, she brings music into all aspects of her life, having lived experience of the transformative possibilities this can bring.

Sue Lovell

Sue has loved music for as long as she can remember. As her brain is a sponge for song, a musical career was always on the cards, despite Sue only discovering this in her late thirties! Inspired by how running voluntary choirs and social singing groups made her and others feel, she felt compelled to spread the joy as a career.

Going back to full-time further and then higher education, Sue graduated with a first-class BMus in Popular Music at the University of Kent in 2019. She
then trained as a therapeutic arts practitioner with Sing to Beat Parkinson’s. Sue now runs four singing for wellbeing groups, including her own Paddock Wood Community Voices, which she founded during the pandemic and still runs as a hybrid session.

She plays ukulele with gusto in her groups and delights in leading others to accompany themselves on the chime bars and kazoo! Sue is also a singer-songwriter, performing with trio The Even Numbers and producing her own music.

Simon Lee

Simon is a guitarist, percussionist and singer working in the Kent area. After training and working as a teacher he soon migrated toward the varied opportunities offered in freelance work.

For twenty years he has worked in Community Arts and Education, leading workshops, teaching instruments and performing, currently with the band Mampama.

He devised and led the ‘Rhythms of Life’ project with the support of Arts Council Lottery Fund. This was a world percussion wellbeing project which specifically offered more senior members of the community around Canterbury the chance to enjoy the many benefits of group musicmaking.

He works with Music4Wellbeing to bring singing and percussion-based
sessions into the community.

Jon Beetham

Jon is a singer and guitarist who has worked as a therapeutic arts practitioner for the last 13 years. He has been running workshops for Music4Wellbeing for the past five years having previously worked for music charities Rhythmix and Kent Music.

After studying music at University, Jon’s first job was as an activities coordinator in a care home for people with dementia. This sparked an interest in getting elderly folk engaged in musical activities. Jon has been running dementia-friendly music workshops in care homes for the past 13 years.

Jenny Blackwell

Jenny has a first-class BSc Honours Degree in Applied Health and Social Care and is a practising Speech and Language Therapist. With a love for music and creativity she completed ‘Stepping into Music’ training with Christ Church University in 2006.

Jenny integrated this approach in her work with children and parents in Dover Children Centres, nurseries and within therapy. In the last couple of years, she has explored the benefits of group singing further within our

With a passion for creating joy and connection though singing, Jenny joined the team as an Early Career Practitioner for the next stage of her musical adventure in 2021. She supports groups in Sandwich and Canterbury and co -leads the Skylarkers’ group in Deal. She has recently
begun introducing her own songs into groups.

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