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.

Bridgend: Alan's story

Alan is a stroke survivor who accesses support and activities with the help of Donna, Stroke Communications Support Coordinator for The Stroke Association in Bridgend.

One of these groups is Movement to Music, led by Anwen at Rubicon Dance, who we have partnered with to share live music at dance sessions in care homes and day centres. Isla from Music in Hospitals & Care spoke to Alan, Anwen and Donna on a video call about the sessions moving online.

That element of having live music performance was really uplifting, it was really engaging. It was so nice to see everybody smiling and joining in, and people who hadn't joined in the previous sessions, who were encouraged to come along for the live session, have now said that they are going to continue to come every week.

Balloch: David's story

David is 15 and has cerebral palsy. He accesses respite care at Robin House in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, which is operated by the charity Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).

David loves music and has recently joined some of our #MusicEveryDay live stream sessions. We spoke to David’s mum Evelyn and CHAS Activities Facilitator Alison on a video call.

It’s just a fantastic way for David to engage with something that he loves… I see the benefit it has for David and I would hate to think there's anyone out there who can't access it. It would be such a shame.

Kilmarnock: Mary's Story

Mary is 79 and has been a resident at Grange Care Home in Kilmarnock for two years. She takes part in all of the activities organised by Derek, the Lifestyle Coordinator, but she has a particular fondness for music. Isla spoke to Mary and Derek on a video call.

“We haven’t had live music for months. Everything we have been doing is just on the TV or videos, that type of thing. So to have someone who was actually interacting directly, asking them what songs they would like to hear, I think it was almost like a wee touch to the outside world again. And that just made you feel a bit more hopeful afterwards.”

Southampton: Sarah's story

Musician Phoebe Gorry reflects on a performance she gave 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.

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.

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.

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