Live Music at Brisbane Hospital Brightens Patients’ Day
Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra hospital was recently treated to an unexpected visit from a number of talented young Plymouth Brethren Christian Church members. The young people, who were both locals and from interstate, arrived with drums, guitars and even an electric piano, and treated patients and nurses to 2 hours of live music.
The Princess Alexandra spinal unit is one of the only specialist spinal injuries rehabilitation units in Australia, and people who are being rehabilitated there are generally mid- to long term patients, who have suffered spinal trauma, or have a disease affecting the spinal cord. An afternoon of music was a welcome change to the routine for those patients who attended the performance, and the nurses seemed to appreciate the event as well!
Approximately 20 young people from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church arrived around 2pm on the Friday afternoon it was held. The majority of these visitors banded together to play a large assortment of hymns and well-known songs in the Spinal Rec Room until 4 o’clock.
The members of the audience were amazed, both at the talent on display, and also that these young people were so willing to give up their afternoon to come and entertain them.
One person who witnessed the young people playing commented later “it was an inspirational afternoon, I’m sure we all went away feeling uplifted by the way these boys played – I’ve never seen music played at a hospital like it before.”
This is not the first time the young Brethren in the area have played music at the hospital. Many Sunday afternoons have seen small groups of PBCC members from the Brisbane region drop in for some impromptu hymn singing. Judging by the enthusiasm they have met with – in both the nurses and patients – it won’t be the last!