The Trust was named in honor of Otakar Kraus OBE, an opera singer and celebrated voice teacher, whose career embraced the world’s greatest opera houses. His pupils included Matthew Best, Gwynne Howell, Robert Lloyd, Jonathan Summers, Sir John Tomlinson and Willard White.  Otakar Kraus helped Margaret, also an opera singer, to recover her voice after it was damaged through an illness which partly paralyzed her vocal cords. Margaret thereafter trained as a Music Therapist and inspired by her own experience, founded OKMT in order to help those with communication or other difficulties.

Dr. Margaret Lobo , FRSA, is the founder and Director of the Otakar Kraus Music Trust (OKMT), The Music Therapy Trust (TMTT) in India and The Music Therapy Trust Nepal (TMTTN). She qualified at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1987, is a fully registered member of the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Music Therapists (BAMT).  Margaret is one of the named mentors for the ‘ASHA Foundation, “Inspirational Women From Around the World” and in 2003 was nominated for the Beacon prize for her philanthropic work. Her endeavours  were recognised in 2007 by the award of a Fellowship from the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). In 2010 Margaret was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University for her major contribution to the community in the UK, India and Nepal in the field of Health and Social Sciences. Margaret has had numerous articles published both nationally and locally and is a regular broadcaster.  She featured in the BBC film “The Power of Music” narrated by Sir Paul McCartney, in documentaries for MTV TV, on BBC radio.

She welcomed everyone including those who had difficulties psychological or physical in communicating and were considered beyond reach. The inspiration for all OKMT’s diverse projects has come from consulting and working with parents, children and local organisations to meet the needs in the local community.

In 1993 Margaret Lobo and her husband Walter built an accessible Music Studio in their garden in Twickenham equipped with piano, instruments, recording equipment, a viewing room, wheelchair access and disabled toilet. The Studio is now in use full-time and the Trust has expanded to work in many outreach projects in the local community

Margaret Lobo introduced clinical music therapy to India in 2005 founding The Music Therapy Trust and to Nepal in 2010, where she set up The Music Therapy Trust Nepal.

In 2010 Margaret was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University for her major contribution to the community in the field of Health & Social Sciences.
  • to build partnerships to increase the provision of music therapy in the community
  • to improve awareness of disability and the benefits which music therapy can bring
  • to provide lasting benefits to hundreds of children and adults who are marginalised due to communication difficulties, disability or poverty, irrespective of their gender, economic status, race or religion.
We listen to the wants and needs of our collaborative partners, clients, families, parents and carers; learn from their proposals and then act upon them. From their feedback and our own observation, we have introduced programmes such as:
  • Individual and group Clinical Music Therapy
  • Skill Sharing workshops to teachers, health professionals, Parents’ musicians
  • We also respond to need in the community, working with NGO’s and Schools to help children with additional needs
  • Organisations working to help people with mental health problems,
  • Neurological conditions
  • Elderly people with memory problems, isolation and depression.
  1. Unitech Ltd.
  2. Kirloskar Brothers Ltd.
  3. ITC Ltd.
  4. J.K.Paper Ltd.
  5. Pan Academy Pvt. Ltd.
  6. Shree Mahadev Education Rehabilitation Public Charitable Society
  7. Alok Indistries Ltd.
  8. Menz Arts Pvt Ltd.
  9. Stemcor India Ltd.
  10. TVS Motors Company Ltd.
  11. Godrej Consumer products .
  12. Ratanlal Kunwarlal Patni Foundation
  13. ONGC
  14. Adarsh Manav Seva Samiti
  15. MMTC