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“Retune does vital work. Music has been shown to be crucial for mental health for millions of people. Creativity improves brain chemistry and music can be a means of expression for difficult emotions. The team at Retune are some of the kindest and most dedicated people I've had the pleasure of working with.”

Natasha Devon MBE


“Having worked with Retune previously and knowing its founder and CEO Tom Ryder for many years, I am certain that Retune will become a successful charity and help a huge number of beneficiaries. The work that Retune has been doing within mental health is incredibly important. We need organisations like this in order to ensure that individuals with mental health issues are supported. Too many people who have a mental illness are abandoned by the society we live in. Thankfully, it is the work of people such as Tom and Retune that truly make a difference to many lives affected by mental ill health.”

Jonny Benjamin MBE 


“Retune were commissioned, following the success of a pilot project in 2019/20, to deliver emotional wellbeing workshops to schools in Hertfordshire during 20/21. The aim was to promote positive engagement, reduce stigma, and improve resilience and emotional wellbeing in children and young people. The engagement and feedback from young people and school-based professionals has been excellent, and evaluation data strongly supported positive outcomes.”

Breda O’Neill, Strategic Lead For Mental Health In Schools, East and North Hertfordshire CCG (NHS)

“Tom's crafted way of using the power of music to support the children to reflect on their own mental health is genius. The workshops are delivered in an honest and engaging manner, which captivated and enabled the children to reflect on ways they can 'Retune' their emotions. This was just what the children needed post-lockdown. We will definitely be having Tom back to deliver further workshops in the future.”

Philippa Moore, Headteacher, Windhill21 Primary School, Bishop’s Stortford


“We have seen first-hand the positive effect of the work that Retune does in improving young people's mental health with music, when Tom Ryder worked with us to run music sessions at a young persons secure mental health unit. The team at Retune, with their own lived experience, act as role-models in showing the positive effects that music has had on their own recovery, by sharing their own stories and talents they are actively inspiring others to open up when they are struggling, we know that this has a fundamental effect on reducing stigma.”

Jo Emmerson, Director, Speakers Collective 


“I commissioned Retune to work with schools in my area to promote understanding and discussions around mental health. Tom delivered fantastic workshops that fully engaged a range of age groups from Primary to Secondary and facilitated open, honest and much needed discussions around mental health and wellbeing. Delivering this through art and music made the workshops even more fun and engaging, every school provided positive feedback around their ability to recognise and discuss mental health. Thank you Retune.”

Chris Russell, Hertfordshire schools DSPL4 & SEND Lead

“Our students were really inspired by the Retune workshops, which they took part in over the course of one day. It was incredible to see how much they opened up about themselves and their own thoughts and feelings, right from the outset. Tom put the students at ease and gained their respect immediately; they were mesmerised during his performances and were eager to take part in songwriting workshops, with every single one putting in 100% effort to be part of something special. The live performances at the end of the day brought out the best in the students, and the event had a fantastic sense of occasion. Everyone gained so much from being part of a shared experience. The workshops were challenging but never overwhelming. We’re already looking forward to Retune’s next visit.”

Mike Grainger, Priestley College Music Department, Warrington

What Our Partners Say

I love Retune and everything it stands for. After every event I have attended, I have come away feeling deeply soothed, calm and overwhelmed by its power. It is so rare to find a space that you immediately feel safe in. Retune provides an environment that is safe enough to share your own mental health story and which welcome the lived experiences of others. I welcome the project’s development, as it provides a platform for musicians to share their stories and for everyone at the events to express how they feel. It is magical and refreshing to be in a setting where the pace of life slows for a couple of hours, where emotions can wash over you so naturally, without judgement.


As a Time to Change Champion, and a previous employee at Mind in West Essex, it is clear to me that Retune is such an important organisation to help us understand the empirical importance of mental health and wellbeing in our society. I urge everyone to get themselves off the sofa on a Sunday evening, and get down to support it. Well done to all the team – you are blooming fantastic and I hope that you continue to do what you do for many many years to come.

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Sarah Bevan, Time To Change Champion and former employee of Mind in West Essex 

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