Posted 30 May 2023

Chiltern Music Therapy is announced as Waddesdon’s Charity of the Year 2023

Chiltern Music Therapy, which provides acute, targeted, rehabilitative, and preventative care with the aid of music for people of all ages and needs, has been chosen by staff and volunteers at Waddesdon Manor and the Rothschild Foundation as our official Charity of the Year for 2023.


Founder Rosie Axon and Communications Lead Katie Dunne from Chiltern Music Therapy at Waddesdon

The referral of a young man aged 18 with a catastrophic brain injury began the story of Chiltern Music Therapy. Founded in 2011 and based in Beaconsfield, the local non-profit organisation provide Music Therapy, Neurologic Music Therapy and Community Music both digitally and in person across the country. Chiltern Music Therapy have had a total of 178 different services that addresses the needs and care of an individual or group in all settings, ranging from those with brain injury and neuro injury disability, neurodiverse individuals, those with chronic conditions and individuals with behavioural difficulties.

With 1,828 people accessing their services, therapists tailor their support to the individuals needs and strive to enhance quality of life for anyone in need, using music as a tool for positive change. Regular groups run in the community, including the local Aylesbury Silver Singers group offered to all older adults with age related illness. The groups aim to connect individuals through music and improve the lives of those socially isolated. It is through these activities that those in healthcare, education, care and community settings can be provided with invaluable rehabilitating support.


Chiltern Music Therapy, will receive a grant from the Rothschild Foundation, a grant-making charity within Waddesdon supporting the local third sector through a number of grant programmes focusing on the arts, the environment and social welfare. With the support from staff and volunteers, fundraising events are raising funds and awareness for the organisation.

David Terrace, Grants Manager at the Rothschild Foundation, said: “This year’s charity of the year partnership with Chilterns Music Therapy is hugely exciting. We are pleased to have the opportunity to raise the awareness and provide vital funds towards the provision of good quality music therapy, which we know makes a huge difference to people across the county and links to our strategic funding focus on the wider benefits of the arts.”

Rosie Axon, Founder and Director of the Chiltern Music Therapy, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as the organisation that The Rothschild Foundation will support this year. They have already shown such generous support and kindness at the beginning of this partnership, and we are so excited for the fantastic collaborations and events that they have lined up for the year ahead!”

You can find out more about Chiltern Music Therapy on their website.

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