Worshipful Company of Musicians awards Fellowship to music therapist for the first time

Issue date: 11 November 2011

Dr Leslie Bunt, Professor in Music Therapy at UWE Bristol and one of the world's most respected music therapy practitioners, trainers and researchers, is the first music therapist to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Worshipful Company of Musicians (WCOM). Dr Bunt will also be invited to become a Freeman of the Company. The Musicians' Company Honorary Fellowship lasts for one year starting in November.

Leslie Bunt achieved the country's first PhD in Music Therapy in 1985 and he was awarded an MBE in June 2009 for services to Music Therapy.

As part of the celebration of his Fellowship, Dr Bunt will give a presentation about music therapy on Monday 21 May 2012 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where he did his initial training in music therapy.

Professor Bunt says, β€œIt is particularly wonderful to be supported for this award by two people for whom I have enormous respect – Leslie East and Professor Malcolm Troup. Leslie East is the former Director of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where I studied in 1976 and the person who nominated and contacted me about the award. Professor Malcolm Troup, my former PhD supervisor at City University, London, has also been promoting music therapy and my work within the WCOM. Another musician with very close connections with the WCOM was Dr Allen Percival, a former Trustee of MusicSpace, the music therapy charity I founded. Dr Percival was Principal of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama both in Leslie East's time as Director of Music and my own as a student.”

Previous Honorary Fellows of WCOM include the pianist David Owen Norris, the conductor Paul McCreesh, the singer Yvonne Kenny, the composer Diana Burrell, the violinist Levon Chilingirian and the pianist/conductor Marios Papodopoulos. This year's Fellow is the jazz trumpeter and composer Guy Barker.


Editor's notes

For more details about the Worshipful Company of Musicians see http://www.wcom.org.uk/template.php

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