MBE for Professor Leslie Bunt

Issue date: 15 June 2009


University of the West of England Professor Leslie Bunt from the University of the West of England has been awarded an MBE for his work with the MusicSpace Trust and services to music therapy.

Professor Leslie Bunt is one of the world's most respected music therapy practitioners, trainers and researchers. As one of the UK's foremost music therapy pioneers he achieved the country's first PhD in Music Therapy in 1985. He is currently Professor in Music Therapy at the University of the West of England, the first such position in British university.

His reputation has grown over 30 years, working in the UK as an experienced registered music therapist with children and adults of all ages and both nationally and internationally as a music therapy trainer, supervisor and researcher.

Leslie Bunt founded The MusicSpace Trust, a registered charity promoting music therapy nationwide, with the first community-based centre opening in Bristol in 1991. at its height MusicSpace employed over 50 Music therapists working in the UK, seeing over 1300 children and adults for music therapy through five regions of the UK.

While remaining Honorary Founder of MusicSpace Leslie is devoting more time to his teaching, research and to developing his private practice. He currently facilitates group work for adults living with cancer as part of the therapy team at the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre.

He is also a practitioner and Primary Trainer in the specialist use of Guided Imagery in Music (GIM). Leslie is widely published and in addition to his work in music therapy is a free-lance conductor. He is currently Musical Director of the Bristol Phoenix Choir.

Professor Bunt said, “I'm delighted to receive this honour not only personally but for the continuing acceptance of Music Therapy nationwide as a registered profession. I'd also like to thank UWE and Steve West in particular for all the support given over the years to MusicSpace and Music Therapy.”

Professor Steve West, UWE Vice-Chancellor, said, “This is fantastic news and very well deserved. Leslie's work in developing the MusicSpace charity has been instrumental in bringing music therapy to the forefront of therapeutic practice. His work has positively benefited people suffering pain and chronic illness, survivors of abuse and those needing support during bereavement to name a few areas where Music Therapy has been shown to help. Raising the profile of the efficacy of music in helping people deal with difficult times in life has been at the heart of Leslie's work in tirelessly encouraging musicians to develop the skills that have been proven to make a real difference to people's lives.”

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