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David Walters is Head of the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing, part of the University's Health and Wellbeing Research Group, and Chair of the Arts and Health Project Advisory Group based at the University. A musician and writer known for his work in the field of community music, arts, wellbeing and health, David has a background of performance, vocal coaching and music production. He was the Founder Director of the Music Research Institute, the Coda Music Trust and the Arts as Wellbeing Trust.

David brings together research projects based on arts interventions in Health and Social Care settings. As the coordinator of a research and education collaboration initiative with a District Hospital Trust, David applies the findings of pilot research projects to a wider development of Arts as Wellbeing research across the region.

Areas of expertise

  • Community music making in health, social and care settings
  • Arts as Wellbeing research project development
  • Organisational development of Arts and Health initiatives
  • Vocal coaching in virtual leadership environments
  • Recording software and vocal production as a tool for vocal development


  • Daykin, N., & Walters, D. et al. (2016) Arts and Dementia. Using participatory music making to improve acute dementia care hospital environments: an exploratory study. Unpublished research paper
  • Boyce-Tillman, J., Scott-Hall, E., Taylor, S. & Walters, D. (2015) La Folia: The Magna Songs Project: A research-based evaluation of the effectiveness of an arts project on the pupils, and its impact on the professional artists and audience. La Folia: Salisbury, England.
  • Walters, D. (2012) Deep, Dark, Underground. Interview – The Fretboard Journal, USA
  • Walters, D. (2006) Music Mirror
  • Walters, D. (2005), Changing Landscapes, Music and Health Conference Report. Lymington: Music Research Institute
  • Walters, D. (1999) Essay in Writing on Glass – Essays and Criticism Edited by Richard Kostelanetz, University of California
  • Walters, D (1990 - 1998) YES Magazine - various interviews. Lymington: Music Research Institute


  • Walters, D. and Martin, B. (1994) Facilitating Creativity. Performative lecture, Stoke Rochford, England
  • Walters, D. (1980) Kites. HWY 2017. Redditch: Highway Records
  • Walters, D. (1979) Songs of Innocence and Experience. GVR204 London: Greenwich Village Recordings
  • Walters, D. (1976) Comes Sailing In. FE004 Cumbria: Fellside Recordings
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