Music is a tonic as charity returns to care units
Musicians Derek Richardson, Davy McMartin and Charlie Gorman returned to Shetland this week armed with guitars, banjos and pipes on behalf of the Music in Hospitals charity.
It was a second “concert tour” for the three, who all visited Shetland care units last year, and they were said to be thrilled to be back again.
Scottish traditional music, along with contemporary folk and a twist of country tunes were the order of the week and like last time all audience members were encouraged to make requests, join in and participate in the music sessions.
Music in Hospitals Scotland provides live musical performances for people in care throughout the whole of Scotland.
Thanks to ongoing support from Total E&P UK Ltd, this week’s visit included 10 live performances at the care units involved.
It was candles, cake and birthday songs galore at the Nordalea Care Home in Unst on Wednesday, as the centre was marking the 102nd birthday of resident Mima Jamieson.
Music in Hospitals chief executive Florence Burke said recent research had provided evidence demonstrating that participating in live music could improve physical and psychological wellbeing and reduce levels of pain and anxiety.
Staff working in care establishments also often reported that the positive atmosphere created by sessions could be long-lasting as well as
provide a moving experience for family members.
Ms Burke said: “We are excited to be back in Shetland again this summer to provide an extended tour of care units across the islands.
“And once again, we are thrilled to be contributing to the vibrant music scene for which Shetland is renowned.
“This tour has been made possible by generous support from TEP UK, supporters of MiH for over 35 years. We wish all audience members wonderful concerts over the coming week.”