The Royal Melbourne Hospital hosted 12 schools as the foyer was converted into a live music stage. The festival first launched in 2010 with 270 students participating. This year over 800 students came, helping fill the foyer and the level one lift lobby with uplifting music.
Some of the music included big bands, string orchestras, jazz groups, choirs and a Chinese music ensemble. Music is a way to bring people together and the event, now wrapping up its tenth year, has brought joy and inspiration to the hospital.
Festival Director and Head of Music Therapy at RMH, Dr Emma O’Brien OAM, the founder of the Schools Live Music Festival, says it’s not usually a place to host a festival, but it’s part of the Music Therapy service.
“Opening the foyers to more music ensembles and giving school students an opportunity to really bring joy with their music making to where it is needed most, seemed like a logical fit to me. And it works - they really do make a difference with their music. We’ve gotten extraordinary feedback from patients, visitors and staff,” Emma O’Brien said.