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Our special events over the years have included a national Arts for Health seminar, Trust celebration days and a variety of longer-term music and creative projects.

Details of current and recent events can be seen below.

Postcard saying Good things take timeColour & Crescendo is a project which took place at St George’s hospital, Stafford and The Redwoods Centre, Shrewsbury during May to October 2021. The project involved two high quality musicians, Richard Taylor, piano/composition and Sarah Whittingham, violin, both from Manchester Camerata Orchestra. Richard and Sarah came into our mental health settings to perform lovely and uplifting music over the summer of 2021. Their music brought joy and re-connection to our inpatients and staff after months of very little creative arts being allowed in the wards.

Alongside the music we also engaged two other artists: Debbie Todd, visual arts and Jean Atkin, poet. They worked with our activity co-ordinators to invite inpatients to express themselves about the pandemic, the last 18 months. Using colour, text, line and graphics, inpatients and staff created a huge range of beautiful and meaningful artworks on postcards - expressions of how it felt, what had helped them through and what were they most looking forward to. 

Musicians Richard Walker and Sarah Whittingham with Jessica Kent During August and September 2021, Richard and Sarah took the postcards away to devise and create two new compositions, inspired by the imagery and text on the postcards as well as their own conversations and connection with the participants on the wards.

In early October, with the new pieces written and composed, Richard and Sarah returned to the hospital sites to perform their new music for the first time!  We have also collaborated with Junction 15 in Stoke on Trent to produce a video of the project plus professional recordings of the new compositions, which can be heard below. 

We are continuing to develop and share this project more widely this year and next, starting with an event at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday October 8th 2-5pm where Richard and Sarah will be performing the two new compositions in front of a live audience of NHS staff and visitors. 

Derby Air Arts are organising this event: Staff Voices - A Choral Forest, a combination of powerful music and song from the UHDB’s Wellbeing choir and the Cathedral choirs in a performance that celebrates the strength of the NHS. 

Anyone can attend this event - for more information please contact

Click on the picture to listen to Reasons to Push Through.

Picture of Colour & Crescendo You Tube video

Click on the picture to watch a video about the Colour & Crescendo project.

Click on the picture to listen to Good Things Take Time.

Arts for Health team members and banner displaying postcards A hugely successful event at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday October 8th with Derby Air Arts and Arts for Health showcasing creative work that took place during the pandemic including sculptures, visual arts, choral songs and new instrumental compositions… all in a magnificent setting underneath Luke Jerram’s Moon

There was a performance of powerful music and song from the Lichfield Cathedral Choir with the Wellbeing Choir of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, in a performance that celebrated the strength of the NHS during the pandemic. 

Also an exhibition of beautiful hand drawn tree sculptures by Artists E J Lance and Miles Halpin, inspired by the NHS.  

Arts for Health contributed to the event with a display of artworks created by our inpatients and staff in 2021 – as part of our Colour & Crescendo project.  The project musicians - Richard Taylor on piano and Sarah Whittingham on violin - played their two compositions which were the creative response to their visits to our hospital sites and to the artworks created by inpatients and staff.

Arts for Health will be developing the Colour & Crescendo project into 2023 with some more exciting collaborations and creative engagement.       


ward staff at summer celebrationWe had a fantastic afternoon at Redwoods with our Summer Celebration on 19th August 2022 – it was a chance to bring inpatients, their families and friends, staff and local artists and musicians together for an afternoon of fun, live music, refreshments, creativity, ice cream and re-connection!

The weather was very kind to us and everyone who came along really enjoyed themselves.  We are hugely grateful to our various Trust teams who supported the event: management, AHP's, clinical staff, catering, estates, porters and of course all the musicians that played and the artist’s workshops.

Event Reports

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