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Members Interview: Dr Andrew Johns


Richard Wagner
Dr Andrew Johns is a consultant in forensic psychiatry at the South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and great fan of all things operatic, particularly the works of Richard Wagner. At the recent forensic psychiatry conference in Belfast, Andrew kindly took some time out to speak to me about his passion for opera and his belief that it has something to teach us about the human condition that other art forms cannot replicate. He spoke without notes to me in such an erudite and articulate manner that I felt an audio recording of the interview would be the most interesting format. I very much hope you enjoy the presentation here. Lovers of jazz and Shakespeare come prepared however!


We are on the lookout as ever for members keen or even willing to be interviewed for the blog- if you are interested or know someone who is, please contact me at We look forward to hearing from you.  Following a bit of a hiatus between the last two posts, I plan to follow this one up soon with a piece on an exciting initiative in South London which should be of particular interest to mental health professionals.




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Minds in Music

  John Tully  


Dr John Tully is a forensic psychiatrist and researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, London. He is also a musician and is interested in the role of the arts in mental health.