On the morning of Monday 4th April 2011, we travelled over to Selly Oak to play a private recital for the day patients at St Mary's Hospice.
We performed an hour long programme, kicking off with some well-known classical pieces, such as Vivaldi's Spring and Elgar's beautiful Chanson de Matin, before an easy-listening second half, which included some timeless classics like George Gershwin's Embraceable You and Henry Mancini's Moon River.
To accompany the recital, we provided a collection of listening activities to stimulate the mind. It was truly lovely to hear what thoughts and memories had been triggered by our short concert. For example, Waltz of the Flowers and Spring provoked thoughts of "Ladies in ballgowns dancing in a grand ballroom with their partners" and "Walking through green fields", and the second half of our programme reminded one listener of "Happy times and happy memories".
It was a real delight for us to perform for the patients at St Mary's Hospice and for more information of the great work they do please see their website http://www.bsmh.org.uk/.