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Live music sessions hit the right note with hospital patients, visitors and staff

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has launched Twilight Sessions, a late-night music programme showcasing the talents of local vocalists, bands and musicians at Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.

Scheduled to take place once a month at one of the three sites, the Twilight Sessions will enable a greater number of people to enjoy the diverse range of musical styles and genres in Birmingham, as well as help create a more relaxed hospital environment. Local acts that have showcased their musical abilities to date include the Sugarbeat Quartet, an all-female barbershop vocal harmony group, and the Sweet Ellen Sisters, a duo specialising in songs from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Clare Murphy, music co-ordinator at Heartlands Hospital, said: “The Twilight Sessions has been created from a desire to share the best musical talents of our volunteers with as wide an audience as possible. Visitors to Heartlands Hospital last month were treated to a toe-tapping performance by the Sugarbeat Quartet, while patients on our elderly wards and community unit at Good Hope Hospital have recently enjoyed the soulful vocals of the Sweet Ellen Sisters.

“We have such a diverse range of patients and visitors at our hospitals, and we are keen to invite as many acts as possible to sign-up for an upcoming Twilight Session – all musicians are welcome to apply.”

For more information on opportunities to take part in the Twilight Sessions, please contact the musical co-ordinators Clare Murphy or Georgina Farrow on 0121 424 0113 or

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