MusicAbility has been formed and developed in the summer of 2017 as a natural and practical response to changes in the local landscape of music therapy and music education.


MusicAbility brings together in business partnership a husband and wife team, musical educator Tim Boulton and music therapist / music psychotherapist Ruth Boulton, who between them have been offering a wealth of opportunities and services in health and education, principally in West Cornwall, since 2003. At the centre of everything they offer the community is a core belief in the potentially life-enhancing power of music.


FTCL, Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians

Tim Boulton is a music educator and a professional viola player, working in a wide range of educational settings in the South West. He is Director of Cornwall Youth Orchestra (Cornwall Music Education Hub), is closely involved with the South West Music School as teacher, mentor, and course director and is coordinator of several Music For Youth activities in the region.  He has established many new initiatives in Cornwall including four regional Youth String Orchestras covering the whole of the county. Tim has developed a wealth of musical collaborations and projects in the region, mostly for young people. 

He has performed internationally with chamber ensembles and chamber orchestras and was a member of several highly successful chamber ensembles including Domus, the Raphael Ensemble, and the Vellinger String Quartet. Tim taught viola and chamber music at Guildhall School of Music & Drama for 17 years, including being Deputy Head of Strings and Head of Strings at Junior Guildhall.

Tim is inspired equally by performing, conducting and teaching and is committed to music education and performance in the South West of England. He also engages in musical life further afield, performing as guest with string quartets and chamber music groups and closer to home, with the International Musicians’ Seminar, IMS Prussia Cove. 


HCPC registered AS12407 & BAMT registered supervisor

Ruth Boulton is a freelance music therapist, working privately and in community settings. An experienced practitioner since 1994, Ruth works with families, groups and individuals - children and adults, using attachment, systemic and psychodynamically informed approaches within a creative and intuitive framework.  Her focus is on building a trusting, dynamic and therapeutic relationship led by the client's need for change. Ruth has clinical and professional confidence in music therapy as an unrestricted dialogue about the client’s lived experience across the range of client ‘conditions’. She has a clinical understanding of the role and spectrum of music in therapy from sole language to silence, restorative listening and the role & content of verbal material. Ruth works closely with other health and education professionals as part of a multidisciplinary approach to children’s welfare support.

Ruth trained at Chetham’s School of Music, Trinity College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is an experienced chamber musician, was a member of Menuhin's Live Music Now!, and worked as a professional violinist in London with orchestras including London Sinfonietta and John Elliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique before qualifying as a music therapist.


Alan Beevor is a business oriented Chartered Accountant. Graduating in 1972 from the University of Birmingham, he qualified as a CA in 1975 and has spent his entire career in business, with both household names and family businesses.  During his career he has gained general and strategic management experience as well as in financial management, in both executive and non-executive director roles and in a variety of different businesses.

This experience was put to further good use when he was engaged in investigative and forensic accounting within a major FTSE 100 investment company, where he ran the rule over existing and potential investee businesses. Subsequently he has run his own strategic consulting company and latterly ran his own family wine merchant based in south west England.

Now retired from full time employment, he spends his time advising smaller businesses and charities, often on a pro-bono basis.


After graduating from Keele University (BA: International relations) and the London School of Economics (MSc: Sea Use Law and Policing), John has spent the last 25 plus years as a campaigner on oceans and climate issues, representing civil society in the various EU, regional and United Nations bodies where new international rules and regulations affecting the marine environment and the fight against climate change are negotiated.

In recent years this work has focussed on mitigating the very significant climate impacts of international shipping, but previous campaign work has focussed on, amongst other issues, overfishing, oil tanker safety, and ship waste dumping at sea.

While not a musician himself, John is an enthusiastic concert goer and a keen supporter and follower of his daughter’s progress on the violin.