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Piano performance pleases Hexham patients

Monday, 20 November, 2017

Patients and visitors at Hexham General Hospital were treated to a special live music performance earlier this week.

Edith Hutchinson, who played piano, and her daughter Ann, singer, performed a duet in the hospital on Thursday 16th November with patients, visitors and staff encouraged to come along and listen.

Edith is diagnosed with dementia and the family chose to perform at the hospital after the support and care their family have received from NHS staff over the years.

Ann said: “We have performed together for years but we haven’t had the chance to do so as much recently. When we were asked about performing at the hospital, we both decided it would be a great idea to try again and get back to doing something we both love so much.

“It was lovely to perform for all of the patients and visitors at the hospital. We hope that everyone enjoyed listening to us as much as we enjoyed performing.

“We have been given great support from the NHS and it was just great to be able to give something back.”

Brenda Longstaff, head of arts and patient environment at Northumbria Healthcare added: “We are incredibly grateful that Edith and Ann were able to perform at Hexham.

“Over the years we have found that art and music are extremely powerful therapeutic tools to help to reduce people’s anxieties of being in hospital and produce an uplifting atmosphere so we always encourage performances like this.”

Ann and Edith will be performing at Hexham hospital again during the Christmas period as part of the trust’s annual Christmas programme.