Bringing music to Birmingham Children’s Hospital

RBC students at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Music students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) entertained patients, parents and staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital last week as part of their Music, Community and Wellbeing module.

On Wednesday 23 November, 16 students visited the hospital to perform, accompanied and mentored by module leader Dr Luan Shaw.

This module, chosen by final year BMus and BMus Jazz students, as well as those on MMus, MA and PgDip courses, enables students to bring joy and the other benefits of live music to a wide range of participants. They do this through interactive performances and workshops in community venues such as early years settings, special schools, care homes and hospitals. 

Wednesday's session at Birmingham Children's Hospital was thoroughly enjoyed by service users and staff who felt that the music was “a pleasant surprise” which “brightened their day”, “lifted the mood” and “put a smile on children's faces”.

Pictured performers: Wenjun Tang (violin, MMus 1), Eryna Kisumba (cello, BMus 4), Christian Hoddinott (clarinet, BMus 4), Thea Deacon (composer, BMus 4).

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