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Music as Therapy in the Nineteenth-Century Asylum


1 July 2017 14:00 - 15:00


Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Kent BR3 3BX

In 1879 the young Edward Elgar took up the post of bandmaster at Worcester County and City Asylum. The asylum physician thought music an important form of therapy and during his five years there Elgar composed a range of music for the staff band to play for patients. Dr Rosemary Golding of The Open University examines the uses of music in asylums at this time.