Charity appoints Musicians in Residence for hospitals


Eight budding music stars of the future have been appointed as honorary Musicians in Residence for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust by the charity Arts in Healthcare.

Henry Bristow, Carla Flack, Oliver Grainge, Tom Haines-Matos, Jacob Hopkins, George Nicola, Harry Plant and Isobel Richardson will give their time for free to play at Eastbourne District General Hospital and the Conquest Hospital.

The scheme in East Sussex, which aims to encourage musicianship, leadership and commitment, provides the largest live music programme in any hospital in the UK, with the Trust one of only a handful to have Musicians in Residence.

Chairman of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Stuart Welling, said, “The Musicians in Residence are extremely talented and having them play live in our hospitals improves the environment and experience for patients and visitors. We are very fortunate to be one of the few Trusts able to provide music in this way and my thanks go to the East Sussex Music Service and Arts in Healthcare for making it possible.”

Arts in Healthcare works with health professionals in the Trust to integrate the arts into the healthcare services and environment for the therapeutic benefit of patients and staff and for the enjoyment of the wider local community. They organise regular lunchtime music sessions at the hospitals, featuring a range of different musicians to entertain patients and visitors.