Kate hits right note in hospital concert
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