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Support our birthday appeal and we’ll take live music to people in care. Or why not gift your birthday this year?

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Help us to celebrate our special birthday!

It’s our 70th birthday this year, there are many ways you can help us to celebrate so we can continue to spread joy taking live music to people in healthcare settings across the UK.

Many people are in healthcare on their birthday, from children being treated in hospital to older people in care homes, sometimes without loved ones to share their special day. A donation to our 70th birthday appeal will help us bring the joy of live music to them.

Dianna Manson

“I am Dianna. I have experienced 50 years in the NHS as a patient, many in hospitals and my last four in continued care.”

Dianna was first diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and is currently a long-term patient residing in health and social care services suffering from ongoing psychosis and myeloma and ongoing neurological problems and is wheelchair bound.

Despite this Dianna explored her interest in medicine and is active in her charity work challenging the stigma around mental health challenges and is the Chair for the board of the independent advocacy organisation AdvoCard.

“Music stirs life in me. In doing so, it makes me feel better when I am very, very unwell. It reaches depths that nothing else can reach, even when I am semi-conscious. In the depth of psychosis, I respond brilliantly and positively to music.

My health professionals have latched on to the fact that it is so healing for me and because of this now have it as part of my care plan.”

It is Dianna’s 70th birthday this year, help support our birthday appeal and enable us to take more live music to people like Dianna also celebrating their birthday in healthcare settings this year.

Music in Hospitals & Care support Dianna and many others residing in care and provide thousands of live music sessions across the NHS in acute and long-term care settings.

  • A huge, huge thank you to MiHC for organising the concert. It really and truly made the birthday party what it was. The lady who was 97 did not get off the dance floor for the entire thing.
    Occupational Therapist, Liverpool
  • A very big thank you for organising such a valuable event. My husband now has very limited social interaction and recognition and I am extremely grateful to MiHC.
    Carer, County Durham
  • Two gentlemen celebrated birthdays on the day of the live music session and this made it a great celebration for both of them not to mention everyone else.
    Care staff, Care home, Fife
  • We had a 94th birthday and our residents but particularly her family thought the concert was lovely. The resident, formerly a professional pianist, played along with her hands on her lap.
    Care staff, Care home, Glasgow
  • The musician recognised a residents birthday and this made her day. Lots of singing, dancing and encouraging interaction.
    Care staff, Resource centre, Forfar

Ways to celebrate with us

  • Donate your birthday

    Already have everything you need? Why not ask your friends and family to donate your birthday to our appeal?

  • Share live music

    Music groups or choirs looking to support a charity can dedicate a concert or gig to MiHC to help us celebrate.

  • Gift a concert

    Someone you know celebrating a birthday in care this year? Donate to the appeal and give the gift of live music.

70 Years of Live Music

Since 1948 we’ve been striving to improve the quality of people’s lives, one tune at a time.

1948
1955
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1984
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2017
1948

Council for Music in Hospitals formed

1955

Officially registered as a charity

1980

First concert tour in Scotland

1984

Edinburgh office established

2008

Manchester office established

2011

Cardiff office established

2017

Renamed Music in Hospitals & Care

Looking back

Some things have changed beyond recognition since Music in Hospitals & Care was formed in 1948 – but the power of live music is as enduringly strong today as it has ever been. 70 years ago, we just did music in a handful of hospitals; today, the charity performs up to 5,000 concerts a year throughout the UK, in care homes, hospices, special schools and day centres, as well as in hospitals. But we’re only just scratching the surface. With your help, we can bring live music to even more people in need and make this a birthday to remember. Support our birthday appeal this year and help us to deliver 70 more years of the joy of live music!

Appeal note – funds raised in our birthday appeal and should we exceed our target will be dedicated generally towards live music provision for those in care across the UK

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First Director & President Emerita

"Music can provide a bridge between a real and an unreal world and patients who may be confused can yet relate to music when words have lost their meaning."

Sylvia Lindsay MBE

Excerpt taken from a report in the 1950s by Dr E. S. Stern, Medical Superintendent, Central Hospital, Warwick:

“Listening together is a shared experience that unites the patients in a common feeling, so you can understand that, since we first took the Council for Music‘s monthly concerts, we have never thought of curtailing them, but have gone on to extend our musical activities by making music ourselves. Recently, with a donation from the Council, we have started singing lessons with our long stay patients.”

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Please give today to help us bring live music to people of all ages in hospital & care across the whole of the UK, to a venue near you.

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