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Natalie Bradford

Natalie's PhD research at the RCM focuses on the potential effects that music participation has on the well-being of adults with Down’s syndrome. Natalie is also a musician, teacher and academic researcher with a passion to support the lives of people with learning disabilities through music.

Natalie studied for her first BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology at City University, London. Natalie obtained her second BA (Hons) degree in Music at the University of Essex, graduating with a first class honours in 2014. She then studied for her Master’s degree in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music in London and is now part way through her PhD doctoral studies, also at the Royal College. Natalie is a keen violinist and regularly plays with the All Souls Orchestra based at Langham Place in London, including recent performances at the Royal Albert Hall and on Classic FM radio. Natalie is also an enthusiastic teacher of adult beginners, as she is keen to encourage others to experience the far reaching benefits that music has to offer everyone. She is a founding member and tutor at the Plume Adult Music School based in Maldon, Essex, where she teaches an adult string ensemble. They perform regular concerts throughout the year raising money for various local charities. Natalie also plays for the Simply Strings orchestra located in Southend, which plays at weddings and various other functions.

Alongside her PhD studies and teaching, Natalie is a director of the Music Man Project, which is a full-time music education service for students with learning disabilities. 

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Natalie Bradford

Early Career Researcher