Music in Hospitals and Care (MiHC) recently took the stage at New Dawn to provide an interactive percussion session which saw service members explore rhythm and play with new skills.
Hailing from Peru, the session leader Sandro, brought along an array of percussion instruments, including, conga drums, claves, and even a donkey’s jaw bone.
MiHC began in 1948 following the closure of the Entertainments National Services Association (ENSA). With a grant of £1,000 from The Ex-Services Mental Welfare Association, ‘The Council for Music in Hospitals’ was established, focusing its work in mental and orthopaedic hospitals and TB sanatoria.
Today, they reach over 100,000 people in care each year, with the aim of overcoming barriers which prevent people, regardless of their health or well-being, from accessing the benefits of live music.