Duo hit the right notes for hospice patients

A musical double act were stringing into action to give patients at Compton Hospice a special treat on Friday (November 9).

Posted on 15 November 2007.

Astaria duo Lyndsey Hardiman and Sean Gilde used their tuneful talents to brighten up the grey afternoon in an hour-long extravaganza. Patients, volunteers and staff from the hospice’s day care unit and wards enjoyed a mix of classical, opera, jazz and folk music, played on violin and cello.

The show was arranged through national charity, Music in Hospitals, whose mission is to improve patients’ quality of life through the joy and therapeutic benefits of live music.

Diversional therapist at the hospice, Clare Mills, said: “The enjoyment of music crosses all boundaries and can communicate to people in a way no other genre can.

“The Astaria Duo gave an uplifting performance with something for everyone and it had a really positive impact on our patients.

“Their sensitive approach and wide ranging repertoire made everyone feel the music was especially for them.”

To find out more about the Music in Hospitals charity, visit www.music-in- hospitals.org.uk

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