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If Music Be the Food of Life, Play On

Three musicians make live music part of the healthcare experience, but for one, a tragic accident shows just how fragile life can be.

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Documentary maker: Linda Geraghty

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Documentary maker: Sarah Blake

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If Music Be the Food of Life, Play On

Coping with illness, receiving treatments, recovering in hospital is a stressful time for patients and families. It’s a time in which most 'normal' life experiences are curtailed - no distractions, no trips to galleries, no concerts, no music. But what if this could change?

Within the healthcare system, access to artistic or cultural engagement is limited. However, there are, in Ireland, pioneering healthcare professionals who recognise the benefits of live music in the healthcare environment, some have opened their doors to allow musicians onto their wards to explore the options even further.

'If Music Be the Food of Life, Play On' is the story of three professional Irish musicians on their journey to become Music in Healthcare trainers and their hopes of making live music a natural part of the healthcare experience.

Follow musicians Liam, Finn and Grainne as they engage with patients, negotiate the sensitive hospital environment; conquer obstacles and train to bring fellow musicians onto a ward for the first time. For these musicians, this is an intense and emotional experience, and for one, a tragic accident shows just how fragile life can be.

Narrated and produced by Linda Geraghty

Production Supervision by Sarah Blake

Sound supervision by Richard McCullagh

First Broadcast 20th October 2012 as part of RTÉ Big Music Week

'Music in Healthcare' Training Programme is a Music Network initiative. As part of a range of supports to professional musicians, Music Network provides training in a variety of contexts, including healthcare. In August 2010, Music Network in partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) (UK) and Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland) under the coordination of Musique & Santé (France) delivered a programme training musicians to work in healthcare contexts. 'If Music Be the Food of Life, Play On' is the story of three professional Irish musicians who took part. More details at www.musicnetwork.ie/musicians/courses/healthcare/

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