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SHARE MUSIC was created in Northern Ireland in 1985 by Dr Michael Swallow, a practising neurologist. Working with Richard Stilgoe (founder of The Orpheus Centre in Surrey) it rapidly spread to the rest of the UK and Sweden.

The organisation in Sweden is still very active (see the Share Music Sweden website), but by 2005 SHARE MUSIC in the UK ceased to operate, mainly due to the cost of seven-day residential courses and the increasing difficulty of raising the necessary funds.

However, a small group of enthusiasts in the South-West of England have re-established the philosophy of SHARE MUSIC in the region. The approach taken was to start in a small way, and only within whatever funds we can raise ourselves through donations, concerts, etc.

SHAREMUSIC SOUTH-WEST is a non-profit making organisation with a constitution based on patrons and members.

Our patrons are:

  • Dr Michael Swallow
    (Founder of Share Music)
  • Sophia Alexandersson
    (Share Music Sweden)
  • Richard Stilgoe -->
Photo of Richard Stilgoe at work with a Share Music group

Here are a few members of our Management Group:

Some members of our Management Group

If you think that Share Music South West is a valuable contribution to the community and would like to support us by being a member then please complete and return the application form. We are asking members if they would contribute £10 annually to our funds.