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Charity of the Month: Music in Hospitals

Music in Hospitals (MiH) is a charity which was established in 1948.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of adults and children with all kinds of illness and disability through the joy and therapeutic benefits of professionally performed live music.

Our concerts are presented by small groups of professional musicians who are selected by audition for their high standard of musicianship, communication skills and breadth of repertoire. These qualities help them to relate to each member of their audience, whatever their age, illness or disability.

Music encourages relaxation and can lead to physiological changes including lowered blood pressure, improved respiration, reduced heart rate, and muscle relaxation. Active participation in a musical performance can act as a natural form of physiotherapy through clapping, tapping feet and moving in time to the music.

Beneficiaries of our work

Measurable outcomes

  • Hospital and hospice patients
  • Mental health service users
  • Care home residents
  • Special school pupils
  • Day Centre attendees
  • People with physical and learning disabilities
  • Improved mood and raised spirits
  • Increased social interaction
  • Increased physical activity
  • Reduced perception of pain/discomfort
  • Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
  • Improved cognition/reminiscence

Research carried out by Dr Rosalia Staricoff, with Arts Council support, has shown that music provides stimulation which helps in the development of language and speech functions in people receiving treatment for strokes, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, as well as children.

The introduction of live music into healthcare can improve communication, empathy and understanding of patients' needs, reduce stress and the perception of pain and feelings of loneliness and isolation. It can also lead to a reduction in medication or shorten hospital stays.

Here are two quotes that show the benefits that music can provide:

"A girl with severe learning disabilities placed her lips on the harp strings so that she could feel the vibrations. It was quite magical to see how her face lit up!"

"You don't realise the good that this concert has done for us. It is so boring being in hospital much of the time and the music brought us back to the joy of life again."

A gift in your will

Leaving a gift to Music in Hospitals shows your support and understanding for our work, the people we help and our vision for the future.

Whatever the amount it will be of enormous value to the charity, helping us to continue creating joy through live music for those who need it most of all.

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