Breathing Spaces: Live Performances December 2019

The Performing Arts Programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is a suite of participatory music, dance, poetry and other arts projects that improve staff and patients’ health and wellbeing. This is underpinned by our regular live performances (Breathing Spaces) across the healthcare spaces, which contribute to a more welcoming and relaxing environment. All of this is delivered by an exceptional team who believe the arts offers people facing challenges something very special.

Live Performances: Breathing Spaces

Based on research that the arts can significantly reduce anxiety levels, encourage relaxation and help with pain relief, our free live performances including music, dance, theatre, poetry, puppetry and magic invite you to enjoy a Breathing Space and are run in all areas of Guy’s and St Thomas’.

Participatory Projects

Projects that creatively integrate and use Performing Arts in clinical and therapeutic programmes, tailored to specific patient and staff groups. Designed to improve clinical outcomes and create new ways of working.

Alinka Rowe

Wednesday 4th Dec | Atrium 1 Guy’s Hospital, 1-2pm

Young artists Alinka Rowe (viola) and Tom Fetherstonhaugh come together to perform a varied programme for viola and piano, including works by the great composers, Brahms, Beethoven and Bach. The programme will feature the last piece of chamber music Brahms ever wrote; his sonata in E flat Op.120, a piece full of lyricism and tenderness which brings out the unique warmth found in the tone of the viola.

Gildas Quarter

Monday 9th Dec |Central Hall St Thomas’ Hospital, 1-2pm

The Gildas Quartet perform a vibrant programme of string quartets ranging from joyful Mozart and Vivaldi to haunting Purcell and powerful Britten. The four musicians spread out amongst the audience and play across the room, giving listeners the chance to experience an individual ‘surround sound’ mix wherever they are in the space.

Southwark Cathedral Merbecke Choir

Wednesday 18th Dec | Atrium 1 Guy’s Hospital, 1-2pm

This stunning Choir from Southwark Cathedral makes a welcome return this season to give our Christmas spirits a real boost. The Merbecke Choir will perform traditional carols with a blend of superb voices. Truly uplifting.

Trust Harmonix

Thursday 19th |The Church of St George the Martyr SE1 1JA, 7.30pm

Experience the beautiful voices of Trust Harmonix, the staff choir from Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, in their final appearance of the year in this stunning venue. Expect a mix of traditional festive songs alongside some contemporary pop, soul and R&B classics.

This evening’s performance will also feature guest appearances by choirs they have collaborated with during their 2019 concert season.

James Davison and Misha Mullov-Abbado

Monday 23rd Dec |Central Hall St Thomas’ Hospital, 12.30-1.30pm

Trumpet player and Musician’s Company Young Jazz Musicians of the Year 2018 James Davison teams up with long-time partnerin-crime double bass player Misha MullovAbbado, winner of the Kenny Wheeler prize and BBC New Generation Artist. This original duo features lively arrangements of traditional jazz standards, sometimes with Brazilian music, original compositions and even a Beatles song or two making an appearance.

The Breathe performances are excellent. They take my mind away from a busy, stressful day. It gives me a chance to pause and re-energise for whatever the afternoon throws at me!

Guy’s and St Thomas’ staff member

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Disclaimer: WISE16 publish public notices from London Borough of Southwark with the aim to encourage participation. Please visit Southwark Council’s website for further in

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