You cant buy time

This short clip shows us how important it is to take time to think, be still and not cram every moment of each day with ‘stuff!’

Posted in NEWS on March 22nd 2019

The Prince of Wales played the cello!

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain on Thursday 15 November 2018 to officially open their new building at 26 Fitzroy Square.

I was privileged to be presented to him and we spoke about musicians posture, demands on music students, task specific dystonia, fMRI imaging of musicians brains, rehabilitation and treatment strategies for musicians and his time at Geelong Grammar School in Australia! There was a lot of laughter and many smiles shared and it was a very special day with memories engraved on my mind that I will always cherish.

The Society’s President and Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir CBE, the Chairman, Governors, Chief Executive and staff were in attendance. Other guests included Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Col Jane Davis and the building’s Architect Russell Taylor.

His Royal Highness was welcomed by a trumpet fanfare performed by Members Richard Thomas and Matthew Wells. Items from the Archives were on display including the Society’s oldest documents and the earliest surviving manuscript of Handel’s Water Music. Member Cara Berridge, gave a short recital on a 1781 Nicolò Gagliano cello, on long-term loan to her via the Society’s Fine Instrument Scheme. The visit concluded with His Royal Highness unveiling a plaque and signing the Society’s Attendance Book.

HRH signing the attendance book

Did you know The Prince of Wales played the cello while an undergraduate at Cambridge University? He also played piano and trumpet while at school.

The Society has always had a strong connection to The Royal Family with George III granting the Society its first Royal Charter in 1790. Her Majesty The Queen has been Patron since 2013.

Posted in NEWS on December 14th 2018

Our latest publication on musicians dystonia …

Butler K, Sadnicka A, Freeman J et al. Sensory-motor rehabilitation therapy for task specific focal hand dystonia: A feasibility study. Hand Therapy 2018; 23(2):53-63. DOI:10.1177/1758998318764219

Medical treatments have limited long-term effect in task-specific dystonia (TSD). Whilst evidence supports the use of rehabilitation, no randomised controlled trials (RCT) have been undertaken. This small-scale study determined the feasibility of implementing and evaluating a mixed sensory-motor TSD rehabilitative programme.

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Posted in NEWS on July 2nd 2018

One keystroke at a time …

This incredible man, who has cerebral palsy, uses just a few fingers and a lot of determination to create art using a type writer. Watch the clip below to be challenged and inspired.


Posted in NEWS on June 20th 2018

Katherine Butler in Classical Music Magazine

It was a huge privilege to be asked by Jack Liebeck to contribute to his Guest Editorial in Classical Music Magazine. The publication covered so many interesting subjects including: science and music, travelling with instruments, hand therapy and photography for musicians. Classical Music Magazine have very graciously allowed me to upload the editorial for you to read – I hope you find the articles interesting, challenging and informative.

Click here to see Katherine’s article >

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Posted in NEWS on June 8th 2018

Enabling music-making for the physically disabled

One handed musical instrument trust (OHMI) is a wonderful organisation that focuses on enabling people with disabilities to play musical instruments. Whether people want to play at home, in small groups or professionally music is such an important part of life. Often people with disabilities can be excluded from playing an instrument. The goal of OHMI is to enable all people the joy of making music. Their conference is coming up in September 2018 and there is a call to instrument makers to submit applications for ideas about adapting and creating musical instruments that can be used by people with all sorts of impairments. This video gives an insight into the project.

Posted in NEWS on February 2nd 2018

London Hand Therapy:

  • Injury prevention
  • Hand and upper limb assessment and treatment
  • Postoperative management

Hand Therapy is both an art and a rehabilitation science for the upper extremity. The injured limb is evaluated and assessed, and a variety of treatment methods are used to achieve set therapeutic goals.

Hand therapists are qualified Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who have become skilled in treating upper limb injuries and deformities through further education, training and clinical experience.