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
BECKY BONHAM-CARTER
BECKY BONHAM-CARTERMUSIC THERAPIST
SADIE HURLEY
SADIE HURLEYSINGING FOR BETTER BREATHING
KEITH OSBORNE
KEITH OSBORNEMUSIC FOR HEALTH WORKSHOPS
HOLLY NICHOLLS
HOLLY NICHOLLSMUSIC THERAPIST
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

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