Mu­si­cians lift mood at hos­pi­tal

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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.face­­si­con­the­bridge.

Mu­sic in the wards: Stephanie Sim (cen­tre) with WAAPA stu­dents and mu­si­cians Hol­lie Burbage and Pippa Lester.

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