Music in Healthcare – Cultural Engagement at Patients’ Bedsides

Music in Healthcare – Cultural Engagement at Patients’ Bedsides


When Musician in Healthcare, Mary Dunsford enters the wards at FGH, she holds the mantra in her head to “Expect Nothing”, and it is this space for allowing the possibility of anything to occur that leads to the most beautiful cultural interactions with patients, their families and staff.

Music in Healthcare is a non-clinical engagement, meeting the wellness within the patient, engaging the whole of the individual, and sitting with them within their own emotional space during that time, embracing the connection this creates.

In this fascinating podcast, Mary explores what it means to connect on a cultural level through music with patients, how this is done, and the impact of the work, both in the moment and lasting beyond. Through discussion with other OPUS musicians working in this field, this podcast draws on a wealth of experience across a broad range of healthcare services.


This podcast sits comfortably within two of this year’s themes of Community Health Music, and Taking Mental Health Seriously. FGH has been one of the pioneers for the use of music on the wards at patients’ actual bedsides, and the ability for this to humanise the space and create a connection to the outside world has perhaps never been more needed than now, in these times of Covid. This podcast will create a deeper understanding of the work and its value, and of itself will be a calming session to listen to and be soothed by.

The event is finished.


30 Jul 2021


2:30 pm - 6:00 pm