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 dedicated to enabling 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 of this website.

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 accommodation.

As well as providing delightful overnight en-suite accommodation for up to 12 people,

the ‘SongTrees Academy’ facilities can include, dependent upon availability:

The oak-timbered Shelley’s Barn is fully restored and centrally heated, with a grand piano, recording and video facilities.

The ‘Retreat’, which has recently been upgraded into a suite of rooms with rehearsal space.

The ‘Annexe’, a double apartment with luxury bathroom, delightful sitting room/rehearsal facility.

Availabilities 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.

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; 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; 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