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 health and care are benefitting from live music experiences.

Keshia's story

Keshia looks after her four children, two of which have additional needs. She started coming to Lifted Carers Centre in Wythenshawe just a few weeks ago and has been back almost every day since. One of the first activities she took part in with the group was a Music in Hospitals & Care live music experience.

It uplifted my emotions and put a smile on my face.

Tommy's story

Tommy is one of almost 40 residents living at The Broughtons in Salford. Like all care homes, The Broughtons had an incredibly tough time throughout multiple lockdowns, and residents missed the interaction of Music in Hospitals & Care musicians such as A4 Brass Quartet, who have returned to the home after 18 months without live music in person.

The music brought back memories because I used to go to parks with my dad to watch brass bands. He used to play when he was in the army.

Mike's story

“It’s quiet when you’ve got dementia,” says Mike Brookes, who has been living with vascular dementia for 10 years. In lockdown, life has been particularly isolating for Mike, who is a RAF veteran, and his wife Liz.

“It’s been devastating, lonely and terrifying” says Liz, who lives with Mike in Rochdale. “Normally, we are very busy with lots of activities but they just stopped dead in the pandemic. The impact on Mike was really negative. And it was hard for him to engage with things online.

“We’ve really missed live music, which transformed Mike.”

“Live music should be on prescription for people living with dementia”

Marilyn's story

Looking across at his wife Marilyn, Chris Mercer sees her smile. They’re sharing a Music in Hospitals & Care live music experience at Holy Cross Hospital in Surrey, where Marilyn lives at the moment, and Chris used to visit every single day.

“Marilyn had an accident which left her with brain damage and she has relatively low awareness and is often asleep,” says Chris. “But when there’s good live music going on, she reacts to it. She is more awake and it makes a big difference to her wellbeing.”

Sarah's story

Professional Musician Phoebe Gorry reflects on a live music experience she will never forget at Southampton General Hospital, where she met 10-year-old Sarah.

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.

A4 Brass Quartet at Lancasterian School

Music in Hospitals & Care’s A4 Brass Quartet started visiting a school for children with special educational needs in Didsbury, Manchester, in January 2019. They led weekly live music experiences with a group of five children who are multi-sensory impaired. This was part of a pilot project with Manchester Sensory Support Service, funded by the Oglesby Trust. It provided interactive music sessions for children of various ages.

Live music has been important for the children as multi-sensory impairment can feel very isolating. We are so pleased with how well they’ve gone and how much the children seem to be getting out of it.

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