- 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.
( 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 accommodation.
As well as providing delightful overnight en-suite accommodation for up to 12 people,
the 'SongTrees Academy' facilities include:
The oak-timbered Shelley's Barn,which can seat up to 100 people, is fully restored and centrally heated and has a grand piano, recording and video facilities.
The newly refurbished Little Barn, which offers two luxury double bedrooms (both en-suite) and a lovely dining area/intimate meeting or rehearsal room ideal for lectures, masterclasses and catered events.
The 'Retreat', which has recently been upgraded into a suite of rooms, with rehearsal space and wheelchair facilities.
The 'Annexe', a double apartment with luxury bathroom, small kitchen and delightful sitting room/rehearsal facility.
A fully equipped Digital Recording Studio with separate voice booth (currently under construction).
Availabilities and rates can be accessed from the Administrator, The Music Mind Spirit Trust - email at top of page or phone 01403 824034.
Shelley's Barn in Summer
The Little Barn in Springtime
Music Mind Spirit is the crystallisation of the life experience to date of Paul and Chika Robertson as musicians, teachers and idealists. The Trust is the means by which they 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 unlocking creativity through a variety of uniquely designed, research-based initiatives, drawing from its high level musical, medical and scientific knowledge and experience.
The 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; Mrs. Juliet E. Kindersley; Mr. Peter D. Kindersley; Ambassador Karl Erich Norrman; Prof. Nigel Osborne MBE, FRCM; Mr Hayden Vivash; Mr Larry Westland CBE. Joint Chief Executives: Professor Paul and Dr Chika Robertson.
MMST Cultural, Scientific & Medical Advisory Board:
Dr Peter Fenwick, MB BChir (cantab) DTM FRCPsych, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Neurophysiologist; Lewis L. Golden OBE JP FCA; Prof Paul Grob MD FRCGP; Dr Lyudmila Nurse, PhD, Sociologist of generational and cohort studies, social monitoring, analysis and evaluation; Mary Shek; Prof Nigel Osborne, MBE, FRCM, Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh University; Jonathan Willcocks, composer and conductor; Prof John Zeisel, President and co-founder of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, Ltd., PhD in sociology and lecturer in architecture at Harvard.
MMST Associates, Supporters and Partners: Arts & Business South East; A & R Associates Ltd; Big Lottery Fund, Chances4Change; Cranleigh School; ENRI-East; European Cultural Parliament; Kuumba; Oxford XXI; The Royal Academy of Music; The Wates Foundation; Youth Music.
Registered Charity No. 1110646
Registered Company No. 05263552