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Music therapy celebrates 50 years with—music!

PUBLISHED: 14:22 09 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:36 05 October 2010

AN ANNIVERSARY concert and gala reception are being staged in London on Saturday (September 13) to celebrate half-a-century of using music for therapy. The concert at LSO St Luke’s in Old Street marks both the 50th anniversary of the British Society for Music Therapy and the 40th anniversary of the first post-graduate therapy course at London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama

AN ANNIVERSARY concert and gala reception are being staged in London on Saturday (September 13) to celebrate half-a-century of using music for therapy.

The concert at LSO St Luke's in Old Street marks both the 50th anniversary of the British Society for Music Therapy and the 40th anniversary of the first post-graduate therapy course at London's prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The organisation was founded in 1958 by Juliette Alvin to promote use and development of music therapy. The society has grown in the five decades since into an organisation which reaches all over the UK and worldwide.

Saturday's event begins 3.30pm with live music and light refreshments in the LSO St Luke's café.

The concert starts at 5pm with the world premiere of a commissioned work, Sounds from Silence, composed by music therapist Gillian Stevens.

This is followed by Haydn's Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major performed by soloist Deirdre Bencsik, then Vaughan Williams' Concerto for Oboe and Strings with soloist Stella Compton Dickinson, finishing with Beethoven's Piano Concerto in E Flat performed by Malcolm Troup.

The orchestra members, together with cello and oboe soloists and conductor Leslie Bunt, are all music therapists.

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Saturday, September 13

Pre-concert café music 3.30-4.45pm

Concert 5-7pm

Gala Reception 7-8pm

Tickets £25 (inc reception), £20, £15 (without reception)

Barbican Box Office: 020-7638 8891 (9am-8pm Mon-Sat, 11am-8pm Sun, booking fee applies)

Online bookings (reduced fee):

www.lso.co.uk/lsostlukes

Venue: Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's Music Education Centre,

161 Old Street, St Luke's, London, ECIV 9NG

Tube: Old Street (5 mins)

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