Music24 aims to offer those who are most socially isolated and vulnerable in our society the opportunity to engage in their local community in a creative and non-judgmental environment. We build communities that are supportive, where people feel accepted and heard. We use the many benefits of music to help us to do this, thereby improving physical and emotional wellbeing, quality of life and reducing loneliness and isolation.
Co-founders, Graeme Davis and Teela Hughes, established Music24 in April 2014. Initially Music24 offered new and innovative pilot projects that focused on adults with learning disabilities and young onset dementia. This was seed-funded by Luton Borough Council (LBC). The initial work has led to Music24 developing a ‘community music therapy’ formula that is so popular in their sessions today and something they continue to nurture as time moves on and as they adapt it to working with new groups.
The seed of Music24 was planted when establishing local creative community music group, First Note, in partnership with LBC (with New Horizon’s Tom Laurence & Chris Brandom and volunteer support). This group has been running strong since January 2011 and adopts a co-production structure, a model Graeme and Teela have always championed.
Music24 now aim to provide new groups with a similar supported co-production structure, putting the participants firmly in the driving seat. We want to inspire and empower people to take charge of their own well-being, thus improving resilience amongst our community.
In September 2016, Hertfordshire County Council seed-funded Music24 to set up 3 new music groups for people diagnosed with Dementia and their carers. Music24 now wish to develop their services further, giving good coverage to both counties. Music24's team has grown from just Graeme and Teela providing small groups and short-term projects to building a team consisting of 3 music therapists, 4 community musicians and a team of 16 volunteers to support our work. Music24 is also registering to be a charity and have 3 trustees.
Board of Trustees
Tom Johnson - Chairman
Tom currently works for NHS England in Policy for Mental Health. Previously, Tom was a local government commissioning manager with four years at Hertfordshire County Council. He has public sector experience, as well as two years experience fundraising for a charity. Tom has worked with the public to review, redesign and implement several county-wide prevention services, regularly organised and delivered public events and training programmes, written a departmental prevention strategy and managed budgets of over £2.4m. He regularly works with frontline and senior management in the NHS and has led a number of multi-stakeholder project groups.
Tom was trained on a local government graduate scheme, during which time he also worked towards a Masters in Public Management, specialising on the use of design in the policy process. He has training in local government commissioning and project management.
Dr. Julia Renton
Dr Julia Renton specialises in Psychology and Mental Health Capacity Law. She has worked for East London NHS Foundation Trust for 14 years where she was a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Julia moved to West London Mental Health Trust undertaking her new role of Clinical Director of Primary and Planned Care.
Julia is looking to transform services for adults with mental health illnesses, particularly through preventative measures, including the use of Early Intervention teams. Julia is also the Early Intervention in Psychosis Services’ Clinical Lead for the East of England Clinical Networks and has recently written and directed a 4-miniute guide on Early Intervention in Psychosis for GP’s. This was commissioned by the NHS East of England Clinical Networks. It has now also been accredited by The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Jeff is retired and has been a carer for his wife, who lives with Dementia, for over ten years. Jeff and his wife have accessed our service for 3 years, originally in Luton and then they relocated to Watford and attended our group there. He now regularly attends Music 24 sessions in Watford as a volunteer. Jeff feels very strongly about the use of music and the benefits it provides for people with dementia and carers, having experienced this first hand. Jeff is involved in the community and is a volunteer and ambassador for Carers in Herts as well as being involved with Herts Healthwatch. He also has a wealth of knowledge of caring and dementia and regularly attends forums with Carers in Herts. Since his wife moved into a care home, Jeff is looking to help to provide more appropriate services and support for people with dementia.
Meet the team
Lead Music Therapist
Session Support Worker
behind the scenes
Our Volunteers & Supporters
A huge thank you also goes to Christine Clavey, Olivia Harris and Brian Baxter for their ongoing support.