Whether performed in parks outdoors or in community centres and hospitals, and whether they’re playing an instrument, singing or watching and listening, live music can make people healthier and happier.
Music in Hospitals provides over 4,500 interactive performances in hospitals, hospices, care homes and day centres in England every year and has a strong heritage and depth of knowledge in providing these sessions to best effect.
The LSO too works regularly in hospitals, including with young people with chronic illnesses – and in centres for children under 5, many with profound and multiple learning difficulties.
The LSO regularly visits children’s centres and last year provided thirty interactive workshops across East and North East London. The Orchestra’s partners at the centres know the effect that music-making can have on the children when they learn new songs, join in musical games, create their own music and hear about the instruments of the orchestra.
Over the course of the sessions, children’s confidence grows and communication and language skills develop.
Providing the therapeutic benefits of live music, Music in Hospitals delivers around 4,500 live music sessions across the healthcare spectrum throughout the UK.
"My husband Peter and I started to attend regular 'Singing With Dementia' sessions, for which Music in Hospitals has provided musicians. Very soon I realised that, as well as enjoying the sessions, the music was having a positive effect on both of us.
Peter joined in with the songs when his dementia was less severe. As his dementia progressed, he still enjoyed singing the songs he remembered. As verbal communication became more difficult for him I could see by his reactions how much he enjoyed the music.