The Healing Power of Music: Bringing music back into hospitals

Simon Halsey conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

When the coronavirus pandemic started at the end of March 2020, LSO Discovery’s long-standing work in three Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals in East London, like so much of our other activity, ground to a halt.


We currently run three projects in hospitals – one for under-5s, children and young people at The Royal London Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital, one for the parents and carers of babies on the neonatal unit at The Royal London Hospital and one for older adults with dementia at Newham University Hospital.

Through these programmes, LSO musicians and workshop leaders aim to help to improve mood and wellbeing, empower patients and create moments of serenity within an often distressing hospital environment through creative music-making.

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