Music in Hospitals & Care improves the health and wellbeing of children and adults through the healing power of live music.
Every year, the charity’s professional musicians share live music with people across the UK who may not otherwise get to experience it. This includes those living with dementia, who have mental health problems, or who are seriously ill.
Specific projects for care settings
We believe live music needs to be part of everyone’s health and social care. Why? Because research shows that live music heals. It helps people feel relaxed and confident, and can relieve frustration, stress and isolation. Music can also reduce the perception of pain. It brings back memories and helps create new ones. When you move your body to music – even just tapping a finger – it’s natural physiotherapy.
From the Shetland Isles and the Highlands of Scotland to Northern Ireland, the Valleys of Wales and down to the south coast of England, we operate in hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres, special schools and community settings too. We have offices in England, Scotland and Wales, with over 680 musicians spread far and wide.
During the pandemic we have had to press pause on all our face to face live music sessions. Whilst this was a very difficult decision to make, it encouraged us to look at ways that we could continue to reach and connect people with live music during this challenging time.
We launched the #MusicEveryDay live stream music programme, which includes Music & Memories sessions taking place twice a week to support people living with dementia in care homes, specialist units and in the community.