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Phil Evans

Music therapist with UK music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Phil Evans is a music therapist with UK music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. Phil's work sees him and the 60 other music therapists employed by Nordoff Robbins work with a huge range of clients from adults and children with learning disabilities or mental health issues, to children who have suffered abuse, who are on the autistic spectrum or who might find their ability to interact with the world around them impaired by any number of other challenges. Nordoff Robbins also works with people who have a had a stroke or brain injury or those with a terminal illness.

Put Your Slippers in the Air, Like You Just Don't Care

As I write this, about 80,000 Glastofarians are jumping up and down in unison to Sunday night headliners, Kasabian. I am a music therapist and they have reminded me, somewhat bizarrely, of an experience I had in a care home last week.
02/07/2014 12:00 BST

Life - The Art of 'Making It Up'

In my experience, care homes can be joyous, vibrant places. And re-injecting spontaneity back into the home can rapidly have a positive effect on the wellbeing of both individuals and the whole community.
30/01/2014 17:00 GMT

Sing as if No-One's Listening... Or Voting

As we lose these opportunities for communal and crucially non-judgemental music-making, we are allowing singing to be redefined as a 'talent'; something you can either 'do' or you can't. And nowhere is this more obvious than in the media.
25/08/2013 23:41 BST

Rihanna: The Secret Weapon in the Battle Against Dementia

When we lose our memory through old age or dementia, we are no longer able to access the stories of our life, the experiences that shaped us. At this point, the music that helped to define us once again becomes one of the most important things - indeed perhaps, the most important thing we have.
21/06/2013 16:54 BST

What Is Music Without Silence?

Silence, perhaps counter-intuitively, is one of the most powerful tools in a music therapist's armory. Because through the journey from silence into music and back again, comes meaning. And often our job as music therapists is to help clients find a balance between the two; for example with clients on the autistic spectrum.
06/06/2013 17:29 BST