Musicians lift mood at hospital
YOUNG musicians are using Christmas carols to lift the mood at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH). Before starting a year-long internship at RPH, University of WA medical student Stephanie Sim (23) has co-ordinated a month of musical performances at the city hospital. Ms Sim, of Mt Claremont said she had performed at the hospital six years ago and enjoyed it so much she wanted to bring it back. “Hospitals can be daunting for patients and visitors and they can be very clinical environments so music can help to liven the atmosphere and make it a bit more homely,” Ms Sim said. “We’ve had a clarinet trio playing classical music, a jazz band, acoustic duos and a barbershop quartet which was a four-man acapella.” Ms Sim co-ordinated musicians from the WA Academy of Performing Arts to play lunchtime concerts near the café on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December. A pianist and violinist herself, Ms Sim said she would love to see more hospital performances next year. “Music is known to relieve anxiety and lift people’s moods,” she said. RPH consumer engagement director Todd Gogol said as a former concert violinist, he thought it was a perfect idea. “There are so many benefits of music in any work place, especially a hospital,” he said. “Something like this is so fantastic and the feedback has been really positive.” Vocalist and pianist Hollie Burbage said it was a lovely opportunity to bring joy to patients and staff at the hospital. To volunteer, contact www.facebook.com/rphmusiconthebridge.
Music in the wards: Stephanie Sim (centre) with WAAPA students and musicians Hollie Burbage and Pippa Lester.