The Founders

Dr Anthony Storr was born in 1920 and educated at Winchester College and Christ’s College, Cambridge. He qualified as a doctor in 1944, and subsequently specialised in psychiatry. In 1974 he moved from London to Oxford and spent the last ten years of his professional life as a psychiatrist teaching post-graduate doctors in Oxford. He retired in 1984 and became a full-time, freelance writer. Dr Anthony Storr was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was also Honorary Consulting Psychiatrist to the Oxfordshire Health Authority and an Emeritus Fellow of Green College, Oxford. His publications include The Integrity of the Personality (1960), Human Destructiveness (1972), Jung (1973), The dynamics of Creation (1972), The Art of Psychotherapy (1979), Solitude (1989), Freud (1989), Churchill’s Black Dog (1989), Music and the Mind (1992), Feet of Clay (1996) He died in 2001.

Robin Woodhead is Managing Director of Sotheby’s Europe and Chairman of Rambert Dance Company. His interest in music originated as a chorister and accompanist. His involvement in dance has enabled the development of a close collaboration between movement and music. Over recent years he has promoted the importance of music as a means of enhancing the human condition, ideas which found expression in the MRI.

George Odam was Professor of Music Education at Bath Spa University College. A composition student of Alexander Goehr, he also studied with Jonathan Harvey and Hans Keller and many of his compositions have been performed in national venues. His cantata ‘Odysseus’ was recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall with David Essex as narrator. Principal Co-Author of the widely used Silver Burdett Music programme, he has a wide experience of classroom practice across the age ranges. His extensive new series of primary school music materials, "Sounds of Music" with its emphasis on assisting the general class teacher in musical activities, was published in November 1996 by Stanley Thornes. His book 'The Sounding Symbol' (1995) explores relationships between music education practice and recent research into brain process. He led the research project entitled ‘Creative Dream’ in collaboration with the Music Research Trust.

Hugh Pidgeon is a member of a number of consulting networks, and a Business Director at Ashridge Consulting. He takes a particular interest in conflicts of interest arising from the corporate agenda on social and environmental responsibility and how an understanding of ecology might inform processes of innovation and organisational change. He brings the same interest to a long standing fascination with underlying patterns, structure and organisation of music. This has inspired a number of recent collaborations of managers with musicians, about which he has also written.

Paul Robertson is the founder violinist of the Medici String Quartet who have recorded and toured extensively. Their 26 year career has encompassed performances at many of the world's leading festivals, tours of 40 countries and a highly distinguished discography of in excess of 40 recordings. He has been a visiting fellow at Lancaster University, an honorary associate at the Royal Academy of Music and since 1991, Visiting Professor (specialising in Psychiatry & Music) at Kingston University. In 1990 he created 'Science Meets Art', at the Dartington International Summer School. He has lectured, broadcast and written widely about music and brain function both in the UK and internationally including a Channel 4 TV - 3 part series 'Music & the Mind'.