Mapping the Musical Brain

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Mapping the Musical Brain © Courtesy of The Artist and Wellcome Collection
Mapping the Musical Brain

183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE
United Kingdom
September 19th, 2009 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

fitzrovia, bloomsbury
+44 (0)20 7611 2222
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat 10-6; Thu 10-10 (bookshop until 9PM); Sun 11-6; Public holidays 12-6


Join leading musicians, neuroscientists and psychologists as well as gifted young performers to find out more about the musical brain. Sessions will explore the science of music, music and autism, music in infancy and more. There will be opportunities for all to participate and find their inner performer.

The talks and performance are now fully booked. No booking is required for the workshops. Further details are below.

This event is free.

Talks and performance


• Join Robert Zatorre of Mcgill University, Montreal for an introduction to the brain science of music.

• Psychologist Pam Heaton and neurologist Tim Griffiths explore music making and autism with 3 talented young performers.

• David Aldridge Editor of 'Music and Medicine' demonstrates the therapeutic uses of music.


• The Medici Trio perform Shostakovich's Piano Trio no 2 opus 67.

• Neuroscientist Lawrence Parson, psychologist Colwyn Trevarthen and Robert Turner from the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig join forces to explore music and language in infancy.

Songtrees workshop

Workshops start at 13.30, 15.00 and 17.00.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

In addition to the talks there will be workshops throughout the afternoon which are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Created by Chika Robertson as part of the Music Mind Spirit Trust, this innovative music project brings children and families together to rediscover, learn and then perform music drawn from family member's earliest musical memories. This session is facilitated by internationally renowned composer and conductor Jonathan Willcocks and is a delightful opportunity to sing songs and share memories whilst creating family and community spirit through the celebration of music.