William and Kate’s wedding harpist plays to patients at Southmead and Frenchay hospitals

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

After playing at the royal wedding reception for William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, harpist Claire Jones is now playing for patients at Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals. 

Ms Jones, the official royal harpist to the Prince of Wales, will perform in wards and clinics across Frenchay and Southmead hospitals on May 17 and 18 as part of a year long programme of music to enhance patient recovery.

One of the performances on May 17 will be to expectant mums in the ante-natal clinic at Southmead Hospital.

And visitors to Frenchay Hospital will also get a chance to see Ms Jones perform as she plans to play in the restaurant at Frenchay at 1pm on May 18.

From African dance to Celtic folk and gypsy jazz, the Fresh Music series at North Bristol NHS Trust runs until March 2012.

Live musical performances will be staged on two days every month throughout wards, waiting rooms, restaurants and public areas at the hospitals.

Fresh Music aims to create a positive healing environment to support the physical and emotional recovery of patients.

The gigs will also entertain visitors, provide a talking point for patients and re-invigorate staff by giving them a break from the daily routine.

Craig Yates, a member of Only Men Aloud, the winning choir in the BBC’s ‘Last Choir Standing’, will sing on October 18 and 19. 

Find out more about Fresh Music.