Pupils from King Edward’s School in Bath played a variety of classical hits and pop song arrangements at the RUH earlier this week, to mark a new fundraising initiative.
The KES Baroque Group performed at the hospital on Monday, 24th June, to mark the start of a new fundraising initiative by KES musicians in collaboration with Art at the Heart and The Forever Friends Appeal to help raise funds for the new Dyson Cancer Centre.
Rupert Drury, Director of Music at KES said: “Our pupils really enjoyed playing at the RUH last night and it was wonderful to see so many patients, staff and visitors enjoy our two musical performances.
“We hope that not only did we entertain and lift everyone’s spirits, but also helped to raise awareness of the therapeutic benefits of music, as well as highlighting our aim to raise money in aid of such a worthwhile cause.”
It is anticipated that over the next few years, KES pupils will lend their musical talents to events to help raise funds for a piano that will reside in the new Cancer Centre at the RUH.
During the performances in the hospital’s Atrium and Jubilee Gardens, patients and their families were treated to a range of classical and popular music, ranging from Coldplay and Lady Gaga to Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons.
Jon McFarlane, Head of Surgery at the RUH said: “I had just finished in theatres and was walking past the Atrium when I heard the music, so I came to listen. It is fantastic to hear music such as this being played by these talented young musicians.”
Ms Riding, a visitor at the RUH added: “It’s lovely to see youngsters playing to an audience as it helps build their confidence and it is wonderful to hear such cheerful music in the hospital.”
Frankie Simpkins, Art at the Heart Musician in Residence at the RUH said: “We know from patient feedback that when music is played, it creates an uplifting and positive atmosphere and can help improve patients’ wellbeing and reduce anxiety and we are delighted therefore to be collaborating with the KES music department.
“Having music provision across the hospital helps us work towards our wider goal of bringing a sustainable programme of music to patients which will include the new Dyson Cancer Centre when it opens in the future.”