Piano adds healing touch
PATIENTS and visitors at a Midland hospital are being treated to weekly piano performances in the foyer.
Musica Viva donated a Steinway piano to St John of God Health Care through the Act-BelongCommit New Life Instrument program sponsored by Healthway.
The piano was housed at the Perth Concert Hall where it was played for many years by some of the world’s leading performers.
It was gifted to the program by the Perth Theatre Trust.
Lunchtime performances at St John of God Midland Public and Private on Fridays will feature a number of professional classical and jazz pianists and students.
Chief executive Glen Power said he was very grateful for the piano and for the support of Musica Viva and WA Academy of Performing Arts with arranging the pianists.
“The performances have been well received by both patients and caregivers and build on St John of God Health Care’s focus on the connection between the arts and health,” Dr Power said.
The performances are held most Fridays from 12.30pm to 2pm.
Pianist Faith Maydwell gives the first performance at the hospital.