Live Music Now musicians perform for staff of North Bristol NHS Trust
Sunday 7th February 2021
Live Music Now delivered live performances for patients and staff at Southmead and Cossham Hospitals since 2018 as a valued part of North Bristol NHS Trust’s extensive programme of artistic and musical activity. While we our last session on site took place in the hospital's incredible Intensive Care Unit on March 11th 2020. Since then we have been unable to visit clinical spaces within the hospital during the pandemic and the live music has been missed by staff and patients. Laura Tanner, Music Manager at Southmead Hospital identified an opportunity to support the mental health and wellbeing of the hospital community during this difficult period through the medium of live online performances broadcast via Zoom, and approached Live Music Now to programme weekly online lunchtime concerts with the aim of providing some respite and light relief.
"We understand everyone is extremely stretched at the moment, but even the opportunity to drop in for 5-10 minutes offers the team here the chance to step out of the mind-set of their busy working day into a very different space. It is lovely to see such a variety of individuals (and often their families) logging in from many different locations to share the joy of live music in the best way possible right now." Laura Tanner, Music Manager
The series started on January 28th with concerts taking place every Wednesday lunchtime until March 31st. These weekly events provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere where the audience are encouraged to engage with the concert in any way that feels comfortable for them. Performances showcase a range of musical styles and artists, and so far have featured Bowreed, String Sisters, Flauguissimo Duo and Boubakiki.
These online events are for the wellbeing of the entire hospital community, including; patients, staff, volunteers, members of the arts on referral groups, and students completing their training at NBT. So far the response from the Trust has been extremely positive.
“The concert really helped me engage back in with work seeing my colleagues, as well as others who I don’t know, and just having some enjoyable time together without the pressure of work.” NBT Staff Member
"Personally, I have been surprised how moving I have found the experience of putting this programme together. It feels fantastic, not just to be bringing more music back into the hospital, but also to be supporting musicians at what has been an unbelievably difficult time for the performing arts across the board.” Music Manager Laura Tanner
Plans currently being developed for the future include; trialling online workshops exploring rhythm, body percussion and lyric writing with Rosie Bergonzi from Boubakiki - as well exploring the potential to extend the current lunchtime concert series into the summer months.
These concerts are provided by donations to Southmead Hospital Charity.