The Music Mind Spirit Trust

& SongTrees Academy

enriching lives through music’

Situated in beautiful grounds and historic buildings, The Music Mind Spirit Trust’s SongTrees Academy provides uniquely designed programmes to enable talented young and older professional musicians to develop their musical gifts and enhance creative potential. For further Conference and Professional Development programmes, see ”SongTrees Academy’ on the main menu section.

The Music Mind Spirit is a charitable trust set up to:

  • Research and explore – in collaboration with leading scientists, philosophers, psychologists and medical and management experts – the neurological, scientific and ethical basis of music, in order to understand its underlying effect on cognitive, social and subjective behaviour.
  • Promote and educate the public in the art and science of music in relation to their work, lives and experiences.

The Retreat

( Location- Horsham 5 miles. Guildford 15 miles. 40minutes drive from Heathrow and 30 minutes from Gatwick.)

Set in 7 acres of idyllic rolling Sussex countryside and surrounded by unspoilt woods and fields, The Old Farmhouse is a fine 16th-century listed house full of charm and history. Five generations of the family of the great English poet, Shelley, lived here.

The Old Farmhouse was acquired by the Robertsons in 1997 to realise their dream of creating a quiet and beautiful place that could be developed into a centre dedicated to music and the arts – where visitors from around the world can come to experience an enrichment and healing of their mind, body and spirit.

The flexible centre is suitable for small-scale workshops, seminars and concerts, with delightful accommodation. SongTrees Academy facilities can include, dependent upon availability: Fully restored and centrally heated oak-timbered barns with grand piano, and various suites of rooms with rehearsal or workshop space. Availability and rates can be accessed from the Administrator, The Music Mind Spirit Trust – email [email protected] or phone 01403 824034.

Shelley's Barn in Summer
Shelley’s Barn in Summer
The Little Barn in Springtime
The Little Barn in Springtime

Music Mind Spirit is the crystallisation of the life experience to date of Chika (and the late Paul Robertson) as musicians, teachers and idealists. The Trust is the means by which eminent musicians, artists, medics and scientists can pass on their vision of how powerfully music can benefit others in all areas of life.

The Trust – enriching lives through music

The Trust is a charitable organisation that brings together inspirational Musicians, Medics and Scientists dedicated to sharing and researching the gift of music.

The Trust uses Music to understand complex social relationships and to connect people of different communities, ages and cultures.  It focuses on music as a key to empower individuals and unlock creativity through a variety of uniquely designed, research-based initiatives, drawing from its high level musical, medical and scientific knowledge and experience.

MMST benefits from an eminent Board of Trustees and Management Committees, who actively provide a wealth of musical, scientific, educational and legal knowledge, incorporating principles of cultural leadership and business acumen.

MMST Trustees: Prof. Paul R. Grob MD FRCGP (Chairman); Mr Dominic Alldis; Dr. Peter Fenwick MB BChir (cantab) DTM FRC psych; Ambassador Karl-Erik Norrman; Prof. Nigel Osborne MBE, FRCM; Mr Martin Redfern; Mr Hayden Vivash; Mr Larry Westland CBE. Chief Executive: Dr Chika Robertson.

MMST Cultural, Scientific & Medical Advisory Board: Dr Peter Fenwick, MB BChir (cantab) DTM FRCPsych, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Neurophysiologist; Prof Paul Grob MD FRCGP; David Lorimer & Character Scotland; Dr Lyudmila Nurse, PhD, Sociologist of generational and cohort studies, social monitoring, analysis and evaluation; Mary Shek; Prof Nigel Osborne, MBE, FRCM; Jonathan Willcocks; Prof John Zeisel.

MMST Associates, Supporters and Partners: Arts Council England; Arts & Business South East; A & R Associates Ltd; Big Lottery Fund, Cedar Court Care Home (Cranleigh); Chances4Change; Cranleigh School; ENRI-East; European Cultural Parliament; Health Education Wessex; Kuumba Youth Music; Live Music Now; National Lottery; Oxford XXI; The Royal Academy of Music; Stonehill House Care Home (Haddenham); The Wates Foundation; X-System Ltd; Youth Music. We would also like to acknowledge generous support from the late Lewis L. Golden OBE JP FCA and Patrick Brenan OBE FCA. We are delighted to be supported by public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Reg Charity No. 1110646; Reg Company No. 05263552