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The premiere of two new pieces of music written and performed by musicians Richard Taylor and Sarah Whittingham.

As a finale to the first stage of this project, we held concerts at Redwoods in Shropshire and St George’s in Stafford on 5th and 6th October 2021.

These new compositions are a wonderful representation of the expressions and feelings illustrated in the artwork created by inpatients, full of dynamic and emotion, highs and lows, contrasting colours as well as common themes of family, hugs and pets.

The concerts also included music by some of our regular musicians that support our programme on our mental health wards, musicians we so value for the joy and engagement they bring to our inpatients on a regular basis: Steve Tams, Sal Tonge, Brian Carrington, John Neilson and Martin Hugill and Nick Corder.

We are so grateful to Richard and Sarah and for the exciting music they have created, it is a legacy for Arts for Health and MPFT and we hope to develop more opportunities for this music to be heard and enjoyed during 2022.

Thank you to Jayne Deaville, Director of Finance and Performance and Interim Chief Executive for supporting both events.

Audience feedback

  • “What a really very special music event. I felt on a roller coaster of emotion. So lovely. I would never get to listen to real music like this, and am so grateful and have been left inspired and astounded at people’s abilities and talents. Can’t thank you enough.”
  • “What an amazing afternoon, absolutely perfect, made my day. Thank so much to you all. You are amazing.”
  • “I thought the music was beautiful – adored the first one – the contrast between the two was so accomplished – really lovely to hear so much variety of sound!”

Arts for Health team and musicians  2 musicians playing   two musicians playing guitar  Musicians playing piano and violin Musician playing keyboardMusician playing ukulele

Arts for Health Contact Details

Jessica Kent - Arts for Health Lead

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS 
01743 210048 / 07814 752783

Helen Wilson - Project Worker

St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3AG 

Owen Hurcombe - Digital & Communications Project Worker

St, George's Hospital, Corporation Street,
Stafford ST16 3AG

Diana Buckle - Administrator

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS