Musicians in residence: Royal Brompton Hospital
Live music in our AICU and Sydney Wing
Musician, Mark Levin, helps a young patient play the harp on Rose ward
We are excited to start off 2016 with some brilliant news. With thanks to funding from the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity's Patient Amenities Fund, we will be joined by Mark Levin and his Celtic Harp once a week throughout 2016. He will play on the adult intensive care unit (AICU), and other locations across the Royal Brompton site, to mirror the success of our Harefield musician in residence, violinist Adrian Garratt.
Thanks to this funding, Mark will be able to visit weekly for a year, building relationships with long-term patients and their families, as well as staff. Mark specialises in a contemporary repertoire, creating original harp arrangements of rock, pop and Motown classics. He has been performing concerts in hospital and care settings for the past eight years.
Singer Heather McClelland visits Rose Ward and paediatric intensive care at Royal Brompton every Thursday. A parent of a young patient at Royal Brompton said: “Hearing Heather sing to Elisha was lovely. It’s taken her mind off being in pain”.
Musician in residence: Harefield Hospital
Music residency in ITU, HDU and transplant at Harefield Hospital
Adrian Garret playing at Harefield Hospital's Fun Day 2015
Comedy violinist, Adrian Garratt, continues his residency in Harefield Hospital’s transplant, intensive treatment and high-dependency units.
Adrian visits these wards every week and has got to know staff, patients and families while performing a wide range of music.
Feedback so far as been very positive, with 98% of 217 respondents saying that the live music made them feel better [Correct Dec 2015].
"It was a great change to see a musician at a lonely time."
"The music got a response from the patient as he came off sedation. A wonderful initiative. Thank you and please keep going."
"We made a specific request which was met – lovely."
"It's lovely! Having someone do this nice gesture, brings a smile, as well as sounding beautiful. It made us feel special."
"My sister (patient) loves it when the violinist comes in to play and laugh."
"Made me feel brighter and relaxed."
"It lifted my soul."
Find out more about Adrian Garratt
Short-term residencies and one-off performances
We regularly hold special performances at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals, including inviting choirs, bands, music students, dancers and even barbershops to perform in our public and clinical areas.