Chords on the wards at Gateshead

Posted on Thu, 31/10/2019

Patients and staff from QE Gateshead enjoyed a classical performance this week. The Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) gave an exclusive performance on one of the hospital’s older persons’ wards. 

The wonderful performance by a string quartet of musicians brightened the day of patients and staff alike on Ward 22, as they spent a relaxing afternoon listening to classical sounds. It may have been a long time since they heard live music but yesterday’s performance was enjoyed by many and brought back positive memories for each of them. 

Emma Newton, Matron for Care of the Elderly said: Listening to and enjoying such beautiful music is a universal experience and can have many benefits in the setting of dementia helping to reduce anxiety and depression and helping to maintain speech and language. It’s also has a positive impact on staff and carers. 

I was able to share a lovely moment with one of our patients from ward 24 as the music brought to mind long-forgotten memories that brought her sheer joy. The power of music seems to unlock memories and reaches parts of the brain in ways other forms of communication cannot. 

An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and we feel very privileged that they chose to perform for us.”

Jane Nossek, RNS violinist said: “It was so rewarding to play in such a relaxed and intimate space on Ward 22 at QEH yesterday. Lovely also to find out afterwards that we had awakened a response and happy memories in a usually uncommunicative patient!”

If you’re a resident of Gateshead and have never been to a classical concert at the Sage Gateshead you could be eligible for FREE tickets to the RNS at Home series. For more information call Sage Gateshead ticket office on 0191 433 4661.


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