Interactive Music Event – St Vincent Hospital Sydney
Recently an interactive music event was hosted by the St Vincent Private Hospital and the St Vincent Public Hospital in Sydney. A small group of Plymouth Brethren from Sydney and surrounding towns performed in the square between the two hospitals. The ‘interactive’ feature of the event was that audience members who could were encouraged to participate.
The Plymouth Brethren arrived with the goal to uplift the moods of the patients who attended and generally brighten the hospital atmosphere with music. The audience of patients were from both the public and private hospitals. The majority were long-term patients, for whom the music event provided a welcome break from the monotony of hospital life.
To say the day was a success would be an understatement. People gathered around the grand piano, playing and singing hymns, popular music, and just about anything else requested! Approximately 40 patients were able to attend, and many enthusiastically participated in the performance, proving the truth that music is best shared.
The atmosphere of the event uplifted everyone who attended – both patients and the members of the Brethren. The smile on the faces of so many attendees was a reward in itself to the performers, and patients went away reinvigorated.
The support the Brethren received, and the amount of ‘Thank You’s’ heard, was overwhelming, and enough to inspire anyone.
One patient’s comment “I’ve never experienced such a happy atmosphere before; I wish I could stay here with you all” summed up the experience everybody had, and the group of brethren have been encouraged to return. Who knows? This may become a fixture on the hospital calendar!