Staff

Meet our dedicated team of Music in Hospital & Care staff who share the healing power of live music with over 100,000 people each year. From fundraising to finance, and everything in between, they keep the music playing across the UK. Hover or tap on each photo to learn more.

 

Live music makes me feel emotional, alive and thankful.

My favourite live music experience would have to be when I joined Music in Hospitals & Care musicians in the adult acute mental health wards at Gartnavel Royal Hospital in Glasgow. It was incredibly powerful seeing live music visibly relax the patients and transform the space for the staff who were there.

Barbara Osborne

Chief Executive

Live music makes me feel alive, connected and united.

My favourite live music experience would have to be Daft Punk at Hyde Park in 2007 – they played an incredible set and the crowd were so energised and joyful. Daft Punk didn’t perform live very often throughout their career, so it really felt like being part of a special moment.

Ria Farrell

Executive Assistant

Music Delivery

Live music makes me feel hopeful, inspired and alive.

My favourite live music experience would have to be the celebrated 1995 revival of Steven Sondheim’s ‘A Little Night Music’. I was lucky enough to see Dame Judi Dench sing ‘Send in the Clowns’ and it was perfection – such a beautifully heartfelt performance. I’ve loved Sondheim ever since.

Claire Owen

Head of Music Delivery

Live music makes me feel emotional, excited and comforted.

I remember one particularly special hospital Christmas party. It is such a difficult time of year for people to be away from loved ones, but patients, family members and staff came together to join in with the Music in Hospitals & Care musician. We shared laughter, tears and a ‘blether’. It was a powerful experience.

Penny Johnston

Live Music Manager Scotland

Live music makes me feel moved, motivated and whole.

Visiting the Neonatal Unit in Aberdeen Maternity Hospital with a Music in Hospitals & Care musician sticks in my mind. I spent some time on the ward before the music began so I was able to experience the immediate change in atmosphere and the looks on people faces as the music reached them. It was magical!

Kirstyn Knowles

Live Music Coordinator Scotland

Live music makes me feel human, alive and together.

My favourite live music experience would have to be Music in Hospitals & Care musician Siannie Moodie playing in the gardens at Borders General Hospital on one of those unseasonably warm autumn days. It felt like the stars had aligned to allow us to be there at that time enjoying music, company and sunshine.

Lily Rice

Live Music Coordinator Scotland

Live music makes me feel mindful, zestful and harmonious.

My favourite live music experience would have to be when the samba drumming band I play in performed at Ashton Memorial in Lancaster last Christmas, for loved ones lost.  The community came together and we lit candles for each person.  It was both a poignant and celebratory occasion, which everyone took comfort from.

Andrea Mills

Live Music Manager North of England

Live music makes me feel inspired, connected and joyful.

My favourite live music experience would have to be when I went to the Busted reunion concert. In primary school I was a huge fan of them but they split up before I was able to see them live, so I jumped at this chance – it was just as amazing as I’d imagined!

Lara Osborne

Live Music Coordinator North of England

Live music makes me feel alive, energised and connected.

I think the live music experience that had the biggest ‘wow’ factor and impact for me was singing John Rutter’s ‘Gloria’ with a full mixed youth choir and orchestra at the Great Hall, Aberystwyth. Awesome music, surrounded by sound, with the bass section thundering away behind me. Pure joy!

Katrina Rigby

Live Music Manager Wales and Northern Ireland

Live music makes me feel reflective, emotional and free.

My favourite live music experience would have to be a live stream I organised with Music in Hospitals & Care musicians Laura-Jayne Hunter and Hattie Whitehead. They shared their own arrangements of classic songs with amazing harmonies and lots of health and care settings engaged by sending lovely messages and song requests in.

Chloe Baker

Live Music Coordinator Wales and Northern Ireland

Live music makes me feel alive, happy and connected.

My favourite live music experience would have to be when I had the chance to be lead singer for a band at my university’s annual May Ball. There is nothing like the buzz of playing for a room full of people who are singing along with you.

Sarah Northall

Live Music Manager South of England and Channel Islands

Live music makes me feel connected, happy and emotional.

It’s really hard to pick my favourite live music experience – every single one is unique. I love watching the impact of live music on people, how they react to hearing their favourite song, how the smiles all of a sudden grow, how the mood changes and observing the emotions live music can unlock.

Anna Pasieka

Live Music Coordinator South of England and Channel Islands

Live music makes me feel uplifted, moved and alive.

My favourite live music experience would have to be visiting The Tower Project, which supports children and adults with disabilities in East London, to watch Music in Hospitals & Care piano and violin duo, Demelza and Terry. It was so moving to see everyone engaging, from tapping their fingers to dancing!

Kate Burchill

Live Music Coordinator South of England and Channel Islands

Fundraising and Communications

Live music makes me feel connected, emotional and immersed.

My favourite live music experience would have to be when I saw The Buzzcocks in a small independent venue in Oxford. It is one of the first times I remember going to see live music – I was near the front and completely taken in by the whole experience.

Emily Honey

Head of Fundraising and Communications

Live music makes me feel animated, euphoric and present.

My favourite live music experience would have to be Music in Hospitals & Care musicians A4 Brass Quartet at Lancasterian School in Manchester. It was amazing to see how the group of multi-sensory impaired children interacted with the instruments and used new signals they had learnt to request changes in the tempo or volume.

Cat Riley

Communications and Engagement Officer

Live music makes me feel grateful, alive and connected.

From children in a nursery performance to the world’s biggest artists, each of the live music experiences I have had is my favourite at the time! For me, live music means being present and putting all else on pause. Whatever emotion live music makes me feel, I always feel better for it.

Lisa MacDonald

Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Manager

Live music makes me feel included, relaxed and inspired.

My favourite live music experience would have to be when I watched Music in Hospitals & Care harpist Margaret Watson playing in an Intensive Care Unit. It was not an environment I had ever been to before and was very clinical and overwhelming, even just as a visitor. The music gave a sense of calm and normality.

Jenny Jones

Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser

Live music makes me feel electric, atmospheric and cathartic.

My favourite live music experience would have to be performing in a small chamber orchestra, playing oboe and cor anglais, to accompany a children’s film being projected live above us. It was a fantastic experience and great to be able to provide a live music experience for so many young people.

Isaac Barrow

Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Assistant

Live music makes me feel vibrant, awestruck, and expansive.

My favourite live music experience was being fortunate enough to attend Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch. Witnessing Broadway’s darlings and legends coming together to relive the music of Elaine’s career was incredibly moving; it was such an honour to be a part of a truly historic evening.

James Pierce

Individual Giving Manager

Live music makes me feel happy, energised and engaged.

My favourite live music experience – there are too many! Barns Courtney in Glasgow in 2019 was incredible. The last live music I saw was a Christmas carol concert, the singing was just magical. A couple of gigs I had tickets for have been rescheduled for this year and I can’t wait!

Sue Diamond

Fundraiser Scotland

Live music makes me feel present, reflective and connected.

I am a guitarist and singer alongside my fundraising career and once performed to a patient at my local hospital who was in his final hours, surrounded by his family. The experience of them all engaging with the music, humming along, closing their eyes and losing themselves for a few brief moments will stay with me always.

Holly Bilton

Community and Events Fundraiser

Finance and Resources

Live music makes me feel alive, emotional and invigorated.

My favourite live music experience would have to be when I went with a Music in Hospitals & Care musician to The Meath Epilepsy Charity’s Skills Centre. It was great to see residents and staff fully participating in the session. Seeing their smiling faces and movement to the beat of the music was definite proof of the healing power of music.

Dan Remedios

Head of Finance and Resources

Live music makes me feel energised, alive and peaceful.

I once won tickets to a Children in Need Live concert at the Royal Albert Hall. There were many big names including Paul McCartney. It was the first live music experience my son had been to and the best thing was seeing his joy and amazement that we were actually there in person.

Sarah Howard

Finance Assistant

Caron Emmerson

Operations Administrator

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