Our Founder and Patron

Dr Margaret Lobo MT FRSA

Dr Margaret Lobo founded the Otakar Kraus Music Trust in 1991 in memory of opera singer and voice teacher, Otakar Kraus. Margaret qualified as a music therapist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1987, and with her husband Walter, built a music studio in their back garden, dedicating her life to providing music therapy through an extraordinary range of projects designed to help people with physical, psychological, behavioural and learning difficulties, welcoming everyone, including some who were considered beyond reach.

Together with a small team of dedicated therapists and staff, she built up the work of the Trust from modest beginnings to an organisation operating in 15 venues in South West London providing over 3,000 music therapy sessions annually. During that time, she also introduced the first clinical music therapy into India and Nepal, founding The Music Therapy Trust (India) and The Music Therapy Trust Nepal.

Margaret was awarded a Fellowship from the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) in 2007, and in 2010 received an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University for her major contribution to the community in the UK, India and Nepal. In 2017 she was chosen to appear in the Independent’s Happy List, which honours inspirational people doing extraordinary things for others, and in 2018 she was honoured with a Points of Light Award from the Prime Minister. This Award recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community.

Margaret acted as the unpaid Director of OKMT for over 25 years, handing over the reins in December 2017 to our new Director, Clare Lawrence, and we are delighted that she has agreed to become a Patron of OKMT, where she will continue to act as an advocate for the Trust, promoting its values, its benefits and its contribution to our local communities. Margaret will also continue to support the international work in India and Nepal.

Margaret Lobo inspires everyone who meets her and hears her speak about her work and what music therapy can achieve. We are all proud to continue Margaret’s work – in her own words:

“Serving others is the most precious thing we can do”