Lullaby Hour Songbook launches across UK today!

1st April 2019

Katie Derham, BBC3 Presenter and Strictly Come Dancing Finalist will be launching the new Lullaby Hour Songbook today at one of our music sessions at the Winnicot Baby Unit, St Mary’s Hospital London.

Last year you helped us raise valuable funds to allow us to continue bringing Lullaby Hour sessions to the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle. Further to this, your donations, alongside funding from both ScottishPower Foundation and Arts Council England, enabled us to produce a Lullaby Hour CD and Songbook, to be made available to parents and families in order to enhance Lullaby Hour sessions. We are thrilled to announce that today we will be celebrating the official launch of the Lullaby Hour Songbook and CD in hospitals receiving Lullaby Hour sessions across the UK!

MiHC staff will meet with Imperial Health Charity staff before touring the unit with Katie Derham whilst MiHC musician Emma Stevens delivers a Lullaby Hour session for mothers and their babies.

Launches will also be taking place today at the Noah’s Ark Hospital, Cardiff and the Victoria Hospital Children’s Ward, Fife, with opera singer and national radio presenter, Wynne Evans, joining us for the concert in Cardiff.

Lullaby Hour was initially developed at the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, with early evening bedside sessions taking place to help the children settle. Since then the project has grown, with sessions taking place in hospitals across the country, winning a national award for innovation from the ScottishPower Foundation.

Lullaby Hour has now expanded across the UK, with regular sessions continuing to take place in Newcastle as well as Cardiff, Chorley, London, including ‘skin-to-skin’ sessions for parents and babies on the neonatal wards at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital in London.

These sessions have been delivered in partnership with Imperial Health Charity, which supports the five hospitals of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust through grants, arts, volunteering and fundraising.

Kelly Bright, Actress and Lullaby Hour Ambassador says; “The songbook is a wonderful addition to the project which helps to comfort so many babies and children and their parents at a difficult time. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported, and continues to support Lullaby Hour – you are all Songbook Stars!”

For more info on the Lullaby Hour Songbook “Sweet Dreams – a collection of traditional lullabies” click here!

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