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The sixth of Zoë Beyers' conversations in The Music Room is with British composer, educator and international aid worker Nigel Osborne, MBE.

Nigel Osborne, MBE

Episode 6 of The Music Room, Zoë Beyers talks to Nigel Osborne MBE about his Music for Wellbeing project, an online resource created in partnership with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, in response to the mental health issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

[Picture: By Nigel Osborne - Flickr, CC BY-SA 4.0,]

Nigel Osborne

Emeritus Professor Nigel Osborne MBE is a British composer, teacher and aid worker. He served as Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh and has also taught at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. He is known for his extensive charity work supporting war traumatised children using Music Therapy techniques, especially in the Balkans during the disastrous Bosnian War, and in the current Syrian conflict. He speaks eight languages.

Osborne was born in Manchester, England, to a Scottish family. He studied composition with Kenneth Leighton, Egon Wellesz, and Witold Rudziński. His compositions include the opera The Electrification of the Soviet Union, Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orchestra commissioned by the City of London Sinfonia, I am Goya, Remembering Esenin, and Birth of the Beatles Symphony. Osborne retired from his Edinburgh University position in 2012 and is now working internationally as freelance composer, arranger and aid worker.


The conversation – to be broadcast on YouTube or on Vimeo from 19:30 to 20:30 on Friday, 11th September – will be followed immediately by a Zoom Q&A session hosted by Nigel. If you would like to take part, please email  for the meeting invitation.

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