Pa­tients boosted by stu­dents’ jazz clas­sics

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

PA­TIENTS at Hilling­don Hospi­tal joined in the Queen’s cel­e­bra­tions last week with their very own mu­si­cal per­for­mance.

Pa­tients from the Hospi­tal’s Stroke Ward, Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion unit and De­men­tia friendly ward were treated to an af­ter­noon of mu­si­cal de­lights from the 1950s and on­wards when stu­dents from The Guild­hall School of Mu­sic and Drama played a series of jazz clas­sics

The stu­dents, who are cur­rently study­ing Jazz Per­for­mance played for the pa­tients in the grounds of the hospi­tal’s sen­sory gar­den which was cre­ated es­pe­cially for pa­tients with De­men­tia.

Per­form­ing clas­sics such as Sum­mer­time, Liam Heath who led the per­for­mance said: “To per­form for the pa­tients at Hilling­don, and to re­visit an era of clas­sic jazz that many pa­tients who were there would have lived through, is an hon­our and a priv­i­lege for the young mu­si­cians in­volved.”

Hilling­don Hospi­tal Ma­tron Mau­reen God­dard-Joseph, Ma­tron said “We are thrilled that our pa­tients were treated to this per­for­mance from such a renowned in­sti­tute.

“The pa­tients from these three wards are el­derly pa­tients, who are ei­ther re­ceiv­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion care for neu­ro­log­i­cal and other com­plex con­di­tions or pa­tients suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia – a con­di­tion where sen­sory stim­u­la­tion such as mu­sic is an in­valu­able tool.

n BEN­E­FI­CIAL: Stu­dents from The Guild­hall School of Mu­sic and Drama en­ter­tained pa­tients at Hilling­don Hospi­tal’s stroke ward and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion unit

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