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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 month.

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 events.

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 experience.

Atrium performance

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 enhanced.

"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.