About Us

The Music Well has been set up by Liz Butt who is a state registered music therapist and a member of the Health Professions Council. She has been running a music therapy service in Rye, East Sussex, since 2004 and has seen the benefits of music for wellbeing. She believes that the community itself is a WELL of musical resources and that by coming together to share musical activities the health of each individual as well as that of the community can benefit. She supports the movement towards ‘social prescribing’ where GPs and other health professionals can refer people to activities to support their health rather than relying upon medications.

The Music Well has resources of Drum Circle Leaders, Singing Leaders, Music Teachers, Music Therapists and Musicians able to visit the housebound and many more.

LIZ BUTT
LIZ BUTTFOUNDER
CATRINA LAFFERTY
CATRINA LAFFERTYCHAIR
NIKI STUART
NIKI STUARTDIRECTOR
LOUISE FLETCHER
LOUISE FLETCHERSINGING GROUP LEADER
MARIAN HAM
MARIAN HAMCHILDREN’S SINGING GROUP LEADER
YAIR KATZ
YAIR KATZMUSIC THERAPIST
CATHY ROWLAND
CATHY ROWLANDMUSIC THERAPIST
BECKY BONHAM-CARTER
BECKY BONHAM-CARTERMUSIC THERAPIST
SADIE HURLEY
SADIE HURLEYSINGING FOR BETTER BREATHING
KEITH OSBORNE
KEITH OSBORNEMUSIC FOR HEALTH WORKSHOPS
LIZ BUTT FOUNDER OF THE MUSIC WELL

Liz Butt trained as a music therapist over thirty years ago and has set up Music Therapy services in several schools and, more recently in her own home in Rye, East Sussex. She has a large collection of instruments gathered over the years from all over the world as well as more locally in auctions and shops.

Since moving to Rye in 2001 Liz has been setting up a music therapy service for the whole community, believing that music has therapeutic benefits across a wide range of ages and problems. She sees clients from 1 – 90 years old during her working week and has set up a music therapy service for the children and young people in the local schools.

Seeing the need for a more formal organisation to ensure that the music therapy service could become embedded in the locality, she set up The Music Well in 2010. She has widened its remit to include other musical activities for health and wellbeing. The idea of the Music Well seemed to encompass the well of musical resources that can exist within a community, to be drawn upon for common benefit and also being well through music making.

Liz is registered with the Health Professions Council and is a member of the British Association of Music Therapy. She and all those who work within The Music Well are DBS checked and have undertaken Safeguarding courses for all their work with vulnerable people.

CATRINA LAFFERTY CHAIR

Catrina joined the Music Well as Chair in March 2018. She also previously led the Singing for Wellbeing group for 4 years before Louise took over.

She was involved in the music industry for 20 years as a performer, writer and singer and delivered singing and performing projects with young children through a renowned theatre arts school. She now works with vulnerable families in Hastings and Rother areas.

“I believe in the power of music as a therapeutic intervention, especially in areas of trauma where non-speaking therapy may not work. This tool is especially successful for children and young people who may not yet have developed skills of verbal communication to express deep rooted feelings”.

NIKI STUART DIRECTOR

Niki Stuart co founded the Music Well in 2010. She was, at the time, Chair of Governors at Rye Community Primary School. Her background is in primary education as she taught in the London Borough of Southwark for many years. She worked in schools as a classroom teacher and then as a senior leader, SENco, Deputy Head, Head and Governor. She strongly believes in the benefits of having therapeutic support in a school setting.

She understands the benefits of music and is committed to increasing well-being through participation in the musical activities offered by the Music Well. She is a keen member of the Music Well singing group and challenges anyone who says they cannot sing. Everyone has a voice and singing collaboratively proves just that! Everyone is welcome to be a part of the Music Well and join in.

LOUISE FLETCHER SINGING GROUP LEADER

I have been running the Music Well Singers weekly session for the last 5 years. Our repertoire consists of a selection of songs that the group choose to sing. It is a very lively and inclusive group and we all get a great deal out of singing together.

I am an accomplished musician having studied at music college in London. I also work in local primary and theatre schools bringing the joy of music to as many children as possible.

SADIE HURLEY SINGING FOR BETTER BREATHING

Sadie is currently a freelance drama and music practitioner based in Folkestone. She completed her degree at Christ Church University and her MA is in Applied Theatre from the Central School of Speech and Drama. She runs a number of singing groups in Kent: a Parkinson’s singing group, a singing group for adults with learning disabilities and Singing for Better Breathing groups in Medway and Easter Rother.

Sadie currently works with The Music Well running a weekly singing for better breathing group. “After working in this field for many years I have seen first hand the positive effects that group singing has on health, both physical and mental. Group singing is not only great fun and makes us feel good, it also enables us to connect with our breathing and learn exercises that strengthen and improve lung health”.

SADIE HURLEY
SADIE HURLEY
MARIAN HAM CHILDREN’S SINGING GROUP LEADER

I am a retired Primary School Head Teacher, with much energy and passion for music being part of the education of children. I studied music as my main subject during my teacher training and have attended a variety of music courses throughout my career. I firmly believe music brings joy, confidence, fun and happiness to the busy lives of our children and can provide an opportunity to release a range of different emotions safely, which is vitally important for children’s overall mental health and well-being.

I taught the music curriculum throughout my teaching career to all age groups in the Primary School and to school choirs. What fun we have had together! Nowadays, I am teaching music one day per week in a Primary School in East Sussex to all classes and leading a lunchtime choir. The benefits and the joy of music in the school have developed a high profile, with some positive feedback from teachers and parents, as well as the children.

I am also delighted to be working for The Music Well, teaching a fully inclusive children’s singing club at Rye Primary, weekly, after school. We also include percussion work in our singing club. I believe children can, and need to, express themselves through a wide range of musical experiences. The Singing Club are also going out into the local community to sing to a range of different groups. Long may it continue, and grow!

YAIR KATZ MUSIC THERAPIST

Originally from Israel, Yair lived in New Zealand between 2004 – 2018, where he initially worked as a mental health support worker, and maintained a career as a session & touring musician. Yair completed his Masters of Music Therapy in 2011, and has worked as a full-time registered therapist since.
‘I strongly believe in the ability of each and every individual to shine when engaging in music making, whether it is 1-1 or in a group. My approach is always deeply personal and passionate, drawn from my many years of experience facilitating sessions to people of all ages and abilities. I am delighted to be part of the music well family as I value so much the work The Music Well do to reach people of all walks of life to enable them to access our services and subsequently enrich their lives and well being.’

CATHY ROWLAND MUSIC THERAPIST

Cathy qualified as a Music Therapist in 1997 and gained her master’s degree in Music Therapy in 2002. She is a highly experienced practitioner, registered with the Health and Care Professions’ Council and is a member of the British Association for Music Therapy, through whom she is also a registered clinical supervisor. In addition to her work for The Music Well, she also has a varied portfolio of work including a private therapy and supervision practice, based in Hove.

Cathy has enjoyed a wide, varied career which includes working with adults and children with developmental and life-limiting conditions, working with clients with dementia, brain injury and special projects in cancer care and various NHS mental health settings. She has presented at local, national and international conferences and enjoyed many international teaching opportunities through the charity, Music as Therapy International. She is also a joint author of two publications – one of which documented within the book, ‘Intercultural Music Therapy,’ (2015) her teaching experiences for Music as Therapy International, and the other, within the British Journal for Music Therapy, (in 2011), presented an evidence-based NHS mental-health project. Cathy has also undertaken further training in counseling skills, and integrative arts approaches via an Advanced Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts from the Institute of Arts and Therapy in Education. She is also currently working towards Fellowship of the Association for Music and Imagery, after an extensive part-time training in Music and Imagery. Cathy works collaboratively and sensitively with clients, drawing on her multi-disciplinary training according to the ethical principles set out by the HCPC and the BACP Ethical Framework.

BECKY BONHAM-CARTER MUSIC THERAPIST

I am an enthusiastic and conscientious Therapeutic Team Manager and Music Therapist. I qualified with a Masters in Music Therapy from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008 and have since developed my skills as a Senior Leader, Clinician, Manager, Superviser, and Writer in a variety of Health, Education, Community Outreach, Care and Forensic settings. In addition, I have experience of setting up, recruiting for and operating therapeutic departments and a short term alternative residential provision.

My career path to date has been focused on strategically managing therapeutic departments alongside offering individuals, young people, families, carers and communities opportunities to repair, develop, integrate and thrive. My clinical work offers young people and families a safe, secure non-judgemental space within which they can be afforded the chance to realise their full potential. I am passionate about my work and always strive to provide the best outcomes for children, young people and adults.

I am currently on maternity leave but have worked for the Music Well since October 2017. During this period I have delivered small group and 1:1 music therapy sessions to a variety of children, young people and adults. In addition, I have supported the Music Well in expanding their delivery across East Sussex. 

BECKY BONHAM-CARTER
BECKY BONHAM-CARTERMUSIC THERAPIST
KEITH OSBORNE MUSIC FOR HEALTH WORKSHOPS

The Music Well provides Music for Health Workshops locally in care homes and day centres. Music For Health is a national company providing interactive music workshops for older people, especially those living with dementia, across the whole of the UK. Keith Osborne is the local Music For Health director, working in many local care homes and day centres in Hastings, St. Leonards, Bexhill and Rye.

To find out more about Music For Health, please visit their website at www.musicforhealthltd.co.uk