Our stories

People are at the heart of what we do. Discover some of our stories from across the UK to find out more about how people in healthcare are benefitting from live music experiences.

Edinburgh - Jamming at the Hive: five years on

Every week, MiHC singer and guitarist Charlie Gorman sits within a circle of chairs at the Hive café space at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and is joined by service users and patients.

The group gives people who are often feeling powerless the chance to express themselves and play us their favourite song, which is also a wonderful opportunity to get to know the patient’s characters and personalities, which hopefully rebuilds their identity and recovery.

Manchester - A4 Brass bring joy to MSI children

A4 Brass quartet have been visiting Lancasterian special school in Didsbury to take part in weekly music sessions with a group of five Multi-Sensory Impaired children.

These sessions have been important for the children, as Multi-Sensory Impairment can feel very isolating. We are so pleased with how well this pilot project has gone and how much the children seem to be getting out of it.

Southampton - Sarah's story

Our Concerts Co-ordinator Phoebe Gorry reflects on a performance she gave as an MiHC musician at Southampton General Hospital that she will never forget.

Sarah’s mum said that it was the most stimulated she had seen her daughter for weeks – the experience really demonstrated the power of music as a therapeutic tool.

Llandough - Elsie's story

Our Development Officer in Wales, Hannah Beadsworth, tells us about a particularly special concert she witnessed in the East 18 Ward at University Hospital Llandough.

I found the concert very moving and it clearly had a powerfully positive effect on the patients. Without the fantastic funding we receive at MIHC Cymru, concerts like these wouldn’t be able to take place, meaning elderly, unwell and vulnerable people like Elsie wouldn’t experience the pure joy of live music.

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