Jools Holland champions music in the Atrium at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Patients, staff and visitors at the Manchester Royal Eye
Hospital (MREH) will benefit from an expansion of its lunchtime
concert series, which starts a new three month programme this
Three times a week, a diverse array of artists playing
classical, world, folk and fusion music will perform in the Atrium
of the hospital. The concert series is being delivered by the arts
for health charity, Lime Arts, and commissioned by MREH in response
to extremely positive patient feedback from previous
The lunchtime series builds on the fantastic work that the Lime
Music for Health team has been delivering since 2009, across
Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust. It is
delivered in partnership with the Royal Northern College of
Music with support from many other external organisations including
Youth Music, Music in Hospitals and Jessie's Fund.
The aim of the concerts is to uplift, sooth and entertain - not
only for patients of the Hospital but for staff and visitors
alike. Anxieties can often be eased by listening to live
music, and the hope is that the concerts will help to distract and
calm what can sometimes be a stressful and time consuming
From string quartets, to ska, harps to harmonicas, there is
something for everyone in the latest schedule.
Lime Music for Health were delighted when Jools Holland agreed
to become a patron, saying: "It's a pleasure to be patron of the
Concert Series at Central Manchester University Hospitals because
the music here really makes a difference."
Debra Armstrong, Head of Nursing at MREH said:
"We're delighted to be collaborating with Lime Arts to put on
this eclectic collection of live music for visitors to Manchester
Royal Eye Hospital.
"The feedback we have had previously is that patients and staff
alike feel their experience of being in the Hospital is much
"We hope that everyone enjoys the wide variety of talented
guests we will be welcoming to Manchester Royal Eye Hospital."
Concerts will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
lunchtime until mid-April 2015.