This short film documents a 3-day music residency entitled ‘Music in Hospitals – 7 years on’ which took place in May 2013 and was hosted by the Waterford Healing Arts Trust. The residency project was an opportunity for Waterford based musicians Liam Merriman, Mary Prendergast and Leah Clarke along with visiting musicians Ros Howley (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester), Philippe Bouteloup (Music et Sante, Paris) and Kevin O’Shanahan (Music Alive, Cork) and Eamon Sweeney (Wicklow) to reunite 7 years after the hugely successful ‘Music in Hospitals’ project in 2006 to showcase and share how their work has progressed in this area in the intervening period.
During the 2006 project these musicians explored and proved the necessity of the presence of live music in particular areas of the hospital setting including Paediatrics, Renal Dialysis and Mental Health Settings. The residency continued this work and endeavoured to promote, discuss and demonstrate the healing power of music for people of all ages and conditions coping with difficult, painful and sometimes tedious hospital experiences.
As part of this there was a public event where audience members had an opportunity to hear about how this pioneering work is impacting on clients, family members and staff of the hospital settings where they are based. This event was an exciting learning and information sharing platform for anyone interested in the creative processes and challenges behind bringing music to the hospital setting. It included a concert during which musicians demonstrated playing styles and the methodologies used as part of this.
This is project was funded by the Arts Council and Waterford City Council.
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