Sunbeams Community Music Therapy
Founded by Cumbrian born Harpist and Singer, Annie Mawson MBE in 1992, Sunbeams provides Community Music Therapy to children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and complex medical needs including physical disabilities and severe mental health problems, sensory impairments, emotional and behavioural disturbance and profound multiple disabilities.
The Charity provides two Sunbeams Programmes: Sunbeams Music For Life® and Music For Dignity®. The Programmes are tailored to use Music for therapeutic and educational benefit and aim to improve quality of life through the power and creative freedom of Music. Our Delivery Team are trained Professional Musicians with specific therapeutic training in our Programmes. We deliver to groups here at the bespoke Sunbeams Music Centre, just outside of Penrith, in Outreach Venues across Cumbria and online using Zoom.
Our Programmes promote inclusivity and equality regardless of age, health conditions, disability…At Sunbeams, we focus on the ABILITY and not the disability.
By tackling the serious challenges raised by social exclusion, deprivation, ill-health and inequality, Sunbeams is ‘reaching the unreachables’.
Sunbeams Events: 2024
Friday 12th January 2024 Stivvy and The Wilk followed by The Rhubarb Thieves @ Stainton Village Hall @ 7pm
Raising funds for Sunbeams and Every Life Matters
Sunday 14th January 2024 A Melon Bridge Presentation. Classical Collaboration @ The Old Crown 3-6pm. Raising funds for Sunbeams
Wednesday 14th February 2024 Valentines Night Special with The Soul Survivors @ Sunbeams Music Centre
Doors Open from 7pm
Suggested Donation of £12.50pp
Friday 8th March 2024 Daniel Kemish UK Tour & Warehouse of Thieves @ Sunbeams Music Centre
Doors Open from 7pm
‘4/4 FREDA’ IS LAUNCHED!
The Wolfson Meeting Room
Accommodates up to 18 delegates in all-day comfort chairs around a large board room style table.
Modern, light and airy room offering spectacular views.
Built in LCD projector and remote controlled screen. Fully inclusive and accessible facilities.
The Glassical Hall
Named after Sunbeams Musical Patron Philip Glass, the Glassical Hall offers an acoustically neutral space housing the relationship between Architecture and Music. A multipurpose space which accommodates up to 100 delegates.
Live Music Sessions
"By tackling the serious challenges raised by social exclusion, deprivation, ill-health and inequality, Sunbeams is reaching the unreachables."
– Annie Mawson MBE BBC Radio 4 Today Programme
"Annie and her Team are all that is good in a Charity - no extra expenses, no hangers-on, everybody playing their part, from the pie man to the Lord Lieutenant. Sunbeams is a wonderfully worthwhile cause. How lucky I am to have two healthy children and three healthy grandchildren.”
– Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare, Auctioneer for Sunbeams
"What an extraordinary tribute to your imagination, originality, verve and conviction - the most unusual, startling and inspiring tribute to the most important subject and the most deserving people."
– Rory Stewart OBE MP FRSL
"What a joy to come to such a beautiful place...I don't think I have had so much fun in an afternoon for a long time...Annie, you have worked so hard to make this happen, with the support of others, but you have been the inspiration."
– HRH The Countess of Wessex 2018 Sunbeams Centre Royal Opening
On 21st November 2023, Annie received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Cumbria during its graduation ceremonies in recognition of her lifelong and outstanding contribution to Community Music Therapy in Cumbria. Read more here: November ceremonies to...
UPDATE FROM GENESIS: Charity of the Year 2023 Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust - Sunbeams. "We are extremely honoured to announce that we have raised an incredible amount for our 2023 Charity of the Year, over £45,000 – what an astonishing amount to support such an...
This summer, Julia and Hans Rausing announced grants totalling £2 million to 41 disability charities across the UK. These grants will support charities of varying sizes meet the challenges of helping those with disabilities amidst the cost-of-living crisis. Annie...