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Huge congratulations and thanks to Johannes Lörstad and Juliet Heap who completed the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, between them raising more than £3,300 for Music in Hospitals.

Johannes, a violinist in the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, travelled all the way from Sweden to represent us, completing the course in an impressive 3 hours and 27 minutes.

Juliet, a planning consultant and freelance theatre producer from London, completed the 26.2 miles inside her target time of 4.5 hours, despite taking a nasty tumble at a crowded water station.

Juliet’s sister, grammy-winning recording artist, Imogen Heap, had been training for months to run alongside Juliet but sadly had to withdraw at the last moment due to medical reasons. She was there to cheer for her sister and to fly the flag for Music in Hospitals. Imogen is hopeful that she may be able to represent us in next year’s marathon instead.

You can still sponsor Juliet or Johannes through their Just Giving pages.


A Music in Hospitals pilgrimage

In early May Peter Harris is walking part of the Way of St James,(the Camino de Santiago) in northern Spain with his daughter, Madeleine. As well as fulfilling a life-long ambition, Peter has chosen to raise funds for Music in Hospitals.

Peter explains; “I have wanted to walk at least some part of the Way of St James (the Camino de Santiago) in northern Spain for many years, and arrangements finally all came together this year. I am walking the final 110km stretch, along with my daughter Madeleine, over the course of a week in early May 2014.

“It is a spiritual journey, but also a perfect opportunity to bring the two significant aspects of my life – music and hospitals – together and raise funds for a wonderful charity which brings joy to those who need it the most. And I’ll be remembering my Dad, who made so much so possible.”

If you would like to sponsor Peter on his walk please visit

You can read the stories behind our fundraisers and why they have chosen to support Music in Hospitals on our blog;

We are grateful to all who take on personal challenges to raise much needed funds to support our work. All money raised helps us to bring the joy of live music to people receiving care or treatment in hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres and special schools.

If you’d like to fundraise for us please email


Live concerts for local hospices and care homes from music charity Music in Hospitals and RCSherriff Trust

Local charitable organisations work in partnership to bring the joy of live music to Elmbridge’s most vulnerable people.

Through project funding from The R C Sherriff Trust, the Walton based music and health charity Music in Hospitals (MiH) will provide 19 live music concerts in 2014 to benefit at least 450 local children and adults receiving care or treatment for illness or disability in Elmbridge……….more

Imogen Heap to run the Virgin London Marathon 2014 in aid of MiH

Description: Juliet and Imogen


Imogen Heap, Grammy and Ivor Novello award winning British recording artist will be running this year’s Virgin London Marathon on 13th April 2014 with her sister Juliet, in aid of Music in Hospitals (MiH).

Imogen Heap is set to release her fourth album Sparks in May. She writes, mixes and produces her solo work in the basement of her Essex home. No stranger to technology, Imogen and a team of scientists and engineers have been developing a music making system around a pair of gloves, so that Imogen can make music in the move, creating and sculpting sound as she goes! One of the songs of Sparks is even connected to a running app she is developing with innovative app makers RJDJ, that changes tempo to the speed of your run!

Imogen said:

 ”There’s something about music touching parts of your brain that the everyday can’t manage to find and get to. It seems to trigger old memories and spark life back into those that have lost a little.”

If you’d like to sponsor Imogen and Juliet, please visit their JustGiving page:

On Friday, 9 August, Our Chief Executive, Steve Rowland-jones and MiH Soprano Natalie Montakhab visited Brooklands Radio in Weybridge to talk about the work of Music in Hospitals.

To listen to a podcast of the interview, please click here.

Greater Manchester Marathon

Two teams of runners from local firm, O’Neill Patients Solicitors (Stockport) recently ran the Greater Manchester Marathon for Music in Hospitals North.

Simon Ashton, a partner in the firm, wrote:

“I am delighted to report that one of the OP team representing Music in Hospitals came first in the relay race. There were 87 relay teams in total and the team won in an excellent time of 3:12:37. Our other team came 21st in a time of 3:44:38. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and plan on doing it again next year.”

Virgin London Marathon 2013

Our fantastic team of runners did us proud yesterday, all completing the gruelling 26.2 miles course in aid of MiH.

Between them they have raised around £10,000 to support our work and we can’t thank them enough for all the effort they have put in for us!

So thank you Hannah, Barry, Rob, Luke, Claire and Sameena!

You can now support MiH via a new Text donation service, by texting MUSI46 to 70070 and entering the amount that you wish to donate.

To enable MiH to benefit even more this donation can be made under Gift Aid Terms. This new donation scheme was described as follows on the JustGiving website.

“Text donations are brought to you by JustGiving’s partnership with Vodafone. Thanks to Vodafone, there is no fee and 100% of text donations goes to your charity. It’s a massive commitment to the third sector and JustGiving is proud have forged this exciting and unique partnership.”


PRS for Music

MiH Fundraiser, Shay Tousi, receiving cheque from staff at PRS for Music

MiH was selected the ‘Charity of the Year’ by the employees of PRS for Music in December 2011.  Their support and fundraising efforts has up to date funded 41 concerts for our beneficiaries in London and Peterborough.

This recent cheque was presented to Shay after a series of running, cycling and baking events

We are enormously grateful to the PRS team for their support!

North West  Patrons

Sid and Jess meeting with our NW patrons earlier this week

We are delighted to have three fantastic Patrons for our NW office, Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley from Corrie), John Henshaw (Early Doors, Born and Bred, The Visit and so much more) and Mike McGoldrick (Manchester born flute/uillean pipe/low whistle Legend) We are very grateful for their support.

Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam Six

Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam Six brought their intense energy and theatrical musicianship to the Deaf Institute, Manchester, helping to raise funds for Music in Hospitals North West.

Huge thanks to the band and support, Lazlo Baby, for performing on the night.

Photos courtesy of Ste Moonshine Photography and Ian O’Brien.



Congratulations to the MiH team, Shay, Sam, Nick, Jacob and  Monty, on achieving excellent times in their London Marathon Runs.

SHAY TOUSI – 4hrs 51 mins

NICK THOMAS  – 4hrs 24 mins

SAM BEVAN – 4hrs 21 mins

JACOB THOMPSON – 5hrs 01 mins

MONTY DAVIES – 4hrs 55 mins

A BIG WELL DONE to the MiH team and all their fellow runners!

North West Friends’ Evening Reception

23 February 2012

We were very excited to have recently held the first ever Friends’ Evening Reception in the North West.  The event proved a great success with a fantastic turnout of interested individuals and potential sponsors.

The aim was to enable people to find out more about the great work Music in Hospitals is doing in the North West, to meet other likeminded people and to glean ideas in what they can do to help the charity.

We were honoured to welcome Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley from Coronation Street) and actor John Henshaw (Early Doors, Looking for Eric, Born and Bred…) as North West Patrons.  They chatted to our supporters and Julie gave an amazingly powerful appeal at the end of the night.

Sir Thomas Allen Masterclass for lucky auction bidder!

L-R: Sir Thomas Allen, Andrew Tusa, Nigel Yandell

Sir Thomas Allen, MiH’s President, kindly donated a singing lesson to the auction held at our Royal Gala Dinner at Haberdasher’s Hall. The lucky bidder, Andrew Tusa, was amazed at what he learnt during that lesson and said;

 “I had a simply amazing time. Tom was kindness itself and had me making some sounds which took me very much by surprise. It was, of course, extraordinary to hear him illustrating how it should be done!”

What an experience to have a lesson from one of the world’s greatest singers!

Rotary Club Cheque Presentation

Music in Hospitals NW is grateful to the Rotary Club of Warrington for once again supporting our concerts in the region. Pictured are club president Jim Melville and MiH NW Development Manager Sid Richards receiving a cheque for £1,000 at the club’s Charter Dinner. MiH NW were just one of the many beneficiaries of funds raised at the club’s annual Oktoberfest Beer Festival.


Rank Fellowship Charities Evening

L-R Paul Flynn, Tony Greenman, Diana Greenman, Shay Tousi

MiH staff enjoyed a great evening of networking at the Rank Fellowship Charities Evening on 2nd November. The event took place at the fantastic Inner Temple Hall and featured a wonderful mix of guests including charities, Rank Fellows and Rank Foundation Trustees.

Thank you to Tim Young, Director of The Rank Foundation School Leadership Award and the Rank Fellowship, for inviting us to this fascinating evening which has introduced us to many useful new contacts.

New Vice President

We are thrilled to announce that Katie Derham has agreed to become a Vice President of Music in Hospitals. Katie is passionate about the power of live music and we all welcome her to MiH.

The weekend of the 24th and 25th September 2011 proved a busy one for MiH NW.  Two concerts were staged at Marple URC as part of this year’s Marple Festival.  On the Saturday, The Adrianne Wininsky Quartet performed a programme of Shostakovitch and Beethoven.  The audience were entranced by the concert as Adrianne (cello), Despina Reid (violin), Dewi Tudor Jones (violin) and Helen Temperley (viola) gave a truly masterful performance.

On the Sunday, the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra performed  a striking and beautiful concert which included Lilburn and Mozart and a piece by Adrienne Spilsbury, the orchestra’s lead violinist.  In addition Zoe Milton-Brown, Soprano, sang a wonderful solo.

Thank you so much to all the musicians involved and as well as to those who came to the concerts and basked in the warmth and sparkle!

Music in Hospitals Busking Competition

As part of Marple Festival 2011, MiH NW ran a Busking Competition during  Marple’s auspicious Food and Drink Day in the town centre.  We had many  buskers performing throughout the day and all musical tastes were catered for – from classical cello through to the Hungarian cello drum with fiddle, blues guitar, folk, and acapella inbetween!   Some of the performers were MiH musicians keen to support the charity in their spare time.  The winners were The Glendale Family who received their £50 cash prize from Frank Blanchard, Festival Committee Member.


Glendale Family and Friends presents…

The Glendale Family organised a fantastic evening of music, song and spoken word at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester on Thursday 8th September.  All the musicians performed free of charge in aid of MiH and provided an extremely entertaining evening.  Many thanks to Chris and Blaise Ingram and Maria Yuen for working so hard towards making this such a great night.

Didsbury Guitar Trail

Guitarists from all walks of life bedazzled and delighted the crowds at the third Didsbury Charity Guitar Trail on Sunday 24th July. Twenty eight buskers lined the meandering pathways of Fletcher Moss Park in sun soaked Didsbury, collecting money for Music in Hospitals.

This year £550 was raised towards our work in the North West region. Our thanks to Peter Gidman, MiH North West Committee member, for being the brains and catalyst behind this fantastic yearly event.

London Marathon 2011

‘Congratulations’ and ‘Thank You’ to our fantastic MiH team of runners!

Charlotte, Edi, Hutton, Jon and Mike, achieved great times in their London Marathon Runs:

Hutton Swinglehurst


Charlotte Harris


Edi Razum


Mike Poyser


Jon Riches



Royal Gala Dinner and Cabaret

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L-R: Caroline Clipsham, Toby Spence and Yvonne Howard

A brilliant time was had by everyone who attended our Royal Gala Dinner and Cabaret on the evening of Thursday, 3 March. It was a sell out with 181 guests at The Haberdashers’ Hall, London.

The evening was hosted by our Vice President, Richard Stilgoe, with his usual brilliance.

The gala wound up with star performances from Yvonne Howard, Toby Spence and Caroline Clipsham, who provided a magical cabaret sending everyone home with a spring in their step.


A Vice President Drumming Up Support

The world’s most distinguished percussionist and Music in Hospitals’ Vice President, Dame Evelyn Glennie, visited Manchester on Monday 17th January 2011 to host a masterclass with percussion students at the RNCM. Afterwards she took time out to speak with NW Development Manager, Sid Richards, and NW Committee Member, Helen Ashley-Taylor. Evelyn was keen to hear about the progress of Music in Hospitals and confirmed her continuing enthusiasm and support for our work.


Marple Festival 2010

There was a fantastic turnout at the Music in Hospitals Recital on 11th September 2010 at All Saints Church, Marple. Over 100 people attended to listen to X-tet, a recorder quartet based in Manchester followed by cellist, Adrianne Wininsky with Jamie Thompson on piano. They soothed and wowed the audience in equal measures. Nearly £600 was made at the event, which was held on the first day of Marple Festival fortnight. Thanks to all who attended, Marple Festival Committee for their support and All Saints Church for lending us their beautiful church for the afternoon, free of charge.


A big THANK YOU to our Bupa 10,0000 London runners

“The run was fab – loved it!” – Natalie James (pictured)

“Great fun, great crowds” – Mark Moloney from Fender Guitars

“Perfect weather – I really enjoyed it – Emma Gallagher – RAF Cranwell

You too can take part in the 2011 run and experience the great atmosphere of running around the famous London landmarks in this popular event. To join next year’s Music in Hospitals team ring Angela on 01932 260810.



Bupa Manchester 10K

18 intrepid runners completed the Manchester 10K on behalf of Music in Hospitals on 16 May.

The fastest member of the team completed the run in 38 minutes. Bringing up the rear, Sid and Jess from the North West office finished in a staggering* 1hr 40mins having run dressed as pirates playing the theme from Captain Pugwash.

Many thanks to all our brilliant runners.

* and I mean staggering!



Opera ‘is music for the heart’

Music in Hospitals Chief Executive Diana Greenman contributed towards a BBC News article.

Listening to the right kind of music can slow the heart and lower blood pressure, a study has more