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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Music has proven benefits for health and wellbeing and over the coming few weeks patients and visitors attending the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital will benefit from soothing tunes as the hospital foyer is filled with music.

The musical performances are part of an ‘animating public spaces through music’ and exhibitions programme and will range from a sing-song to recitals by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

On Monday night, Dr Kate Barrie kicked off proceedings by performing a piano recital in the main foyer of the hospital, using the in-house piano donated by Glasgow Piano City (GPC).

Kate is a composer, pianist and flautist with vast experience in the music industry. Her recording and writing credits include two albums and countless singles with acclaimed Scottish group The Big Elastic Band. She has also worked as a session musician on commercial jingles for TV and radio. Her musical influences range from Rachmaninoff to Randy Newman.

The music will continue next Monday (9 October) when Glasgow City Voice Choir perform a selection of pop songs and harmonies at 7pm.  Everyone is welcome to join NHS  staff, patients and visitors to sing-along with the choir, which is made up of current and retired Glasgow City Council staff.

In November, there will be performances from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, including piano, flute, violin, oboe, a brass quintet and a number of singers.

Krisztina Lackoi, Health Improvement Practitioner - Exhibitions and Performing Arts Coordinator, said:  “In June 2016, in support of NHSGGC’s Arts and Health music and exhibitions programme, Glasgow Piano City very kindly donated a piano to the QEUH which is located in the main atrium of the hospital and patients, staff and visitors are welcome to play at their leisure.

“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.”

Dr Barrie, pianist added:  “I was delighted to be invited to play the piano in the QEUH and enjoyed combining classical music with my own music and arrangements.  It was the first time I had performed in such a setting and is one I will remember for a long time. I hope the patients and visitors had as much fun as I did.”


Forthcoming performances include:


Monday 6 November, 7-8pm

Evening concert by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students

Thursday 9 November, lunchtime (times TBC)

Lunchtime concert by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students

Friday 10 November, lunchtime (times TBC)

Lunchtime concert by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students



For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].

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