Classical Music for Children

Children at the Whittington Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit are listening to weekly classical music concerts played by professional orchestral and chamber musicians.

The concerts, organised by local charity Healthy Generations, are the brain-child of the charity’s Classical Music Co-ordinator, violin and viola player, Sarah Parfitt.

Feedback from patients, relatives and staff has been really positive.

Ally Auladin, Charge Nurse at the Critical Care Unit said, “The music was very much appreciated.  Relatives thought it was a touch of class.  Patients thought it was soothing and relaxing.  And the staff simply loved it.”

And Dr. Petr Dlouhy, an Intensive Care Consultant said, I saw very positive reactions by from my patients: those who were agitated, calmed down. This is enough for me to fully support this project in the future.”

The concerts are being funded by the National Lottery and have begun attracting donations from appreciative relatives. One, particularly generous, has enabled concerts to begin at the National Neurological Hospital; more on this soon.

This project has taken off very quickly and we are keen to play at more hospitals. We already have invitations from University College Hospital and London North West Hospital Healthcare Trust. We’re looking for funding!