Music therapy – and health & wellbeing as a whole – is something I’m very interested in, and I’ve been fortunately involved with a few musical projects over the years (particularly the MS Sing-a-thon & Mater Starlight Children’s Ward concerts) that have given me the opportunity to perform in these settings.
I’m really excited to now be a part of the Stairwell Project, launched by Peter Breen (Director, Jugglers Arts Space), which aims to lift the spirits of patients, staff and visitors at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital by integrating live music into the hospital. Over the last 6 weeks, I’ve been playing the handpan for a couple of hours every Monday morning in the stairwell (what an incredible space to play in!). The response, particularly from the staff, has been very positive – many staff members have stopped to ask about the handpan and its origin, others have simply smiled or said “thank you” as they walk by… I’m very grateful to be a part of it all and I can’t wait to see the growth of this project.
I’ve uploaded some recordings on Soundcloud – have a listen and tell me your thoughts 🙂