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Christopher Glynn & Rachel Podger

Melissa Bradshaw

Christopher Glynn and Rachel Podger join for Music in Hospitals & Care fundraiser

4:00, 15th October 2019

Baroque violinist Rachel Podger and accompanist Christopher Glynn will perform at the Royal Northern College of Music on 9 November 2019 to raise money for the charity Music in Hospitals & Care.

Using 19th century instruments including a Bösendorfer piano from 1872, the duo will bring a programme of Beethoven Sonatas to the RNCM, marking the beginning of a new collaboration which will see them enter the recording studio next year.  All proceeds will go towards Music in Hospitals & Care’s work bringing professional musicians into hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres, special schools and community settings.

‘I’m full of admiration for the work of Music in Hospitals & Care, having seen at first-hand the therapeutic benefits of live music, and how it brings comfort, respite and joy to those who are unwell,’ Glynn comments. ‘It is a wonderful charity and I’m very pleased to be able to support its work.’

Podger adds: ‘The sounds of classical acoustic instruments are relaxing for the mind, but also exciting and dramatic at the same time, and hearing this type of music being played live only adds to its powerful effect. We hope our passion for music will bring joy to the listeners and raise awareness for Music in Hospitals & Care.’

The pair will be joined by mezzo soprano and RNCM alumna Kathryn Rudge. ‘There is a growing body of research showing that the introduction of music within patient care can advance medical outcomes and improve quality of life for patients in a variety of ways,’ she comments. ‘I believe that music, musicians and creatives have a greater role to play in supporting the lives of health care staff, patients and relatives in the future.’

Barbara Osborne, chief executive at Music in Hospitals & Care, says: ‘We are so grateful to Rachel, Chris and Kathryn for collaborating with us to put on this concert and raise money and awareness for Music in Hospitals & Care. We rely on our generous supporters to help us provide music sessions that humanise clinical settings and break down the barriers which prevent people, regardless of their health or wellbeing, from accessing the benefits of live music.’

Tickets can be purchased from www.rncm.ac.uk or by calling the box office on 0161 907 5555.

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