Kate hits right note in hospi­tal con­cert

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Ud­dingston mu­si­cian Kate Bar­rie launched a con­cert se­ries at Glas­gow’s Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal ear­lier this month.

Kate gave a pi­ano per­for­mance within the Atrium at the su­per hospi­tal to kick off a mu­si­cal pro­gramme of events for pa­tients, vis­i­tors and staff.

The com­poser, pi­anist and flautist played the in-house pi­ano, do­nated by Glas­gow Pi­ano City, a vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­vides pi­anos through­out the city.

The vin­tage pi­ano, named Fern, is dec­o­rated with painted flow­ers and was in­stalled in June 2016.

Kate, who is the daugh­ter of ac­claimed Ud­dingston mu­si­cian Harry Barry, said:“i was de­lighted to be asked. I en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence and the mu­sic went down well. I hope to be back again soon.”

Kate, who has a PHD in physics, has vast ex­pe­ri­ence in the mu­sic in­dus­try. Her record­ing and writ­ing cred­its in­clude two al­bums and count­less sin­gles with lo­cal group The Big Elas­tic Band.

She has also worked as a ses­sion mu­si­cian on com­mer­cial jin­gles for TV and ra­dio - and her mu­si­cal in­flu­ences range from Rach­mani­noff to Randy New­man.

The su­per hospi­tal will be filled with mu­sic over the com­ing weeks. On Mon­day Oc­to­ber 9, Glas­gow City Voice Choir, a Choir of Glas­gow City Coun­cil cur­rent and re­tired staff will per­form a se­lec­tion of pop songs and har­monies.

Health im­prove­ment prac­ti­tioner Krisztina Lackoi said: “Our mu­sic and ex­hi­bi­tions pro­gramme works to pro­vide a warm wel­come and dis­trac­tion, help­ing to im­prove the qual­ity of our health­care en­vi­ron­ments for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, vis­i­tors and staff in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Glas­gow City arts, ed­u­ca­tion and vol­un­tary sec­tor part­ners.

“Re­search has shown that mu­sic in par­tic­u­lar has psy­cho­log­i­cal, phys­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal ben­e­fits within health­care set­tings as it re­duces lev­els of stress and anx­i­ety. Mu­sic can also sta­bilise vi­tal signs in pre-op­er­a­tive pa­tients and speed up re­cov­ery for post-op­er­a­tive pa­tients.”

Con­cer­tud­dingston mu­si­cian Kate Bar­rie

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