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Wanted: Pianists for hospital baby grand

Jun 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

Wanted: Pianists for hospital baby grand piano
By Samantha Guzzo
Wellington Hospital is looking for volunteer pianists to play its baby grand piano.
The piano is situated in the entrance of the hospital and, if a volunteer is available, it is played at lunchtimes during the week.
The notes of the piano resonate through the foyer and into the hallways..
“Most people who come to hospital don’t want to be here,” says Bill Day chairperson from Wellington Hospitals and Health Foundation.
“The piano provides a relaxing and calming environment for patient’s, visitors and family members” said Mr Day.
Included in the positive feedback about the piano is a letter from a women whose husband was in intensive care..
She wrote to the hospital to express thanks and appreciation for the “beautiful and special music that calmed her during a stressful time”.
The foundation has the motto “getting well takes more than medicine”.
Mr Day had the idea for the piano 18 months ago, after speaking to Capital and Coast District Health Board chief executive officer Ken Whelan.
While visiting hospitals in the US, Mr Whelan had seen a piano played in a hospital and recognised it benefits.
“We purchased the piano from the Piano Shop in Plimmerton, with monies donated by the Wellington Community Trust, and had it painted white to fit it with its surroundings,” he said.
Once the purchase was finalised, Mr Day sent an email out to all the local piano teachers asking for volunteers to play and had a positive response.
Current volunteers are aged from 14years to 70 years and play all styles of music including Jazz, contemporary and even a bit of Chopin.
Trish Lee, foundation volunteers manager, says they want someone who can play a good tune, something happy and joyful, and enjoys entertaining.
If you would like to volunteer to play a tune and are available weekdays between 11-2pm give Trish a call (04)8062324 or email her trish.lee@ccdhb.org
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WELLINGTON Hospital is looking for volunteer pianists to play its baby grand piano.

The piano is situated in the entrance of the hospital and, if a volunteer is available, it is played at lunchtimes during the week.

The notes of the piano resonate through the foyer and into the hallways.

“Most people who come to hospital don’t want to be here,” says Wellington Hospitals and Health Foundation chairperson Bill Day.

“The piano provides a relaxing and calming environment for patients, visitors and family members,” says Mr Day.

Included in the positive feedback about the piano is a letter from a woman whose husband was in intensive care.

She wrote to the hospital to express thanks and appreciation for the “beautiful and special music that calmed her during a stressful time”.

The foundation has the motto “getting well takes more than medicine”.

Mr Day had the idea for the piano 18 months ago, after speaking to Capital and Coast District Health Board chief executive officer Ken Whelan.

While visiting hospitals in the US, Mr Whelan had seen a piano played in a hospital and recognised its benefits.

pianoMAIN 2They bought  the piano from the Piano Shop in Plimmerton with money donated by the Wellington Community Trust, and had it painted white to fit it with its surroundings, he says.

Once the purchase was finalised, Mr Day sent an email to local piano teachers asking for volunteers to play and had a positive response.

Volunteers are aged from 12 to 80 and play all styles of music, including jazz and contemporary, and even a bit of Chopin.

Foundation volunteers manager Trish Lee says they want someone who can play a good tune, something happy and joyful, and enjoys entertaining.

If you would like to volunteer to play a tune and are available on weekdays between 11am and 2pm, give Trish Lee a call on 806-2324 or email her at trish.lee@ccdhb.org.nz

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