Thousands of people in hospital or care will have no music this Christmas. We believe passionately that everyone should have access to high-quality, live music – especially when they’re unwell or frail– but we need your support. If you’d like to help some of ...
We organise in the region of 4,500 professionally performed interactive live music concerts a year reaching over 100,000 people of any age receiving care or treatment or residing in healthcare settings. Our professional musicians visit hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres and special schools and all concerts are tailored to meet the needs of the particular audience-group and setting.
We work in partnership with a variety of organisations, NHS Trusts and grant givers to deliver a range of one-off sessions as well as on-going programmes and residencies. Recent partners include: The Alzheimer’s Society, Jersey Arts Centre, The Healing Music Trust (Guernsey), The Royal British Legion, BUPA, Music for Health, Music for Dementia, The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Welsh College of Music.
Some examples of one-off sessions or projects currently offered are:
ICUHear - sensory based live music to transform critical care environments and be a boost for the teams working there and families and loved ones visiting.
Lullaby Hour - cot side lullabies sung to babies and young children in acute settings.
Birthday Concerts - we support celebrations for those residing in care and during festive times of the year when live music can really help bring the joy and provide a special experience.
themed reminiscence afternoons in care home
singalong sessions at day centres for adults with disabilities
family fun performances at children’s hospices
classical concerts in oncology units for those undergoing treatment for cancer
plus many more..
We work with professional standard musicians who are carefully chosen by audition and require special qualities. As well as a very high level of musicianship they have exceptional communication skills enabling them relate to and interact with each member of their audience, whatever their age, illness or disability. Whatever musical culture or background our musicians come from, they are all highly respected and distinguished in their field.
In 2018 we celebrated our 70th anniversary and our birthday appeal. We’ve come a long way since our beginnings in 1948. Read more about our history on our birthday page www.mihc.org.uk/birthday.