Bringing the power of Music to Cumbria


Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust, (Sunbeams), is a Charity helping disabled children and adults improve their health and well-being through the creative freedom of music.


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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’.

Special Events            Coming Up!

Ten Thousand Daffodils – A Charity Fundraising Ceramic Installation @ Lowther Castle & Gardens

24TH APRIL – 24TH JUNE 2023

Aquarelle – Europe’s Leading Guitar Quartet @ Sunbeams Music Centre

3RD JUNE 2023

The Proms 2023 at Sunbeams! @ Sunbeams Music Centre

22ND JULY 2023

Billy Cooper @ Penrith Cricket Club

23RD JULY 2023

London Youth Wind Band @ Sunbeams Music Centre

25TH JULY 2023

MUGS – Morland Ukulele Group @ Sunbeams Music Centre


O DUO @ Sunbeams Music Centre



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.


Sunbeams Projects

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

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The Proms at Sunbeams is BACK! Celebrating 1992-2023! BOOK NOW!

Don't miss the Proms at Sunbeams! World Class Soloists from the National Symphony Orchestra, led by Artistic Director and Patron of Sunbeams, Justin Pearson. (Music for Monarchy, Classic FM and appeared on 3 Royal Variety Performances). The one and only Annette...

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