The Original Spinners – 10:45am
The Original Spinners is an inclusive community dance company. We bring people across all ages together to give them opportunities to participate in dance and play. Through the shared experience of movement and expression to music we help create moments of magic. We believe that through music, movement, creativity and play, individuals can feel valued and respected. This enhances wellbeing, reduces isolation and brings about positive change. We run dance projects for patient wellbeing on hospital wards in Weston General Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital.
Join us for a participatory workshop for all ages, set to a beautiful soundtrack. This is for your enjoyment, we aim to lift people’s spirits and put smiles on faces! You are most welcome to join in helping us to conduct orchestral sounds and dance to carnival beats or to sit back, relax and simply enjoy the music and gain an insight into the work we are doing on the wards in Weston General Hospital.
Roland George Harrad – 12pm
Bristol born and bred ambling warbler Roland George Harrad enjoys singing songs that warm the heart and get toes tapping. Feel free to sing along to what you know, or even what you don’t! As a nod to Roland’s work in community settings with Live Music Now, expect songs from up to a century ago, from the Ink Spots to ABBA, with some original numbers thrown in!
Tamsin Elliott – 1pm
Tamsin is a folk musician, composer and film-maker based in Bristol, UK. With roots in the dance tunes of the British Isles, her interests and playing styles extend to European and Middle Eastern music as well as experimental and ambient sounds.
Tamsin has a special interest in working with hospital patients and staff as Musician-in-Residence at UHBW NHS Foundation Trust, having spent a lot of time hospitalised with hereditary pancreatitis and complications.
Tamsin’s residency at UHBW is generously supported by the Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity.
Arran Glass and Hannah Pawson – 2pm
Arran Glass (Apple of my Eye, RYDE) and Hannah Pawson (Fritillaries) come together to play some of their favourite songs from the world of folk, americana and beyond. A mixture of original songs from their respective bands, collaborations and new interpretations of classics. Expect intricate guitar and banjo topped by exquisite harmony.
Beth Calverley – 3pm
Beth Calverley is founder of The Poetry Machine and Poet in Residence at UHBW NHS Foundation Trust. Her poetry is bright and compelling, drawing her audience into an everyday world of extraordinary people.
Beth will perform a set of her poems on the themes of listening, healing and care, alongside poems that she has cocreated with UHBW staff as part of the National Health Stories project, in celebration of the 75th year of our NHS.
Beth’s residency at UHBW is generously supported by the Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity.
UHBW Staff Choir – 3:30pm
Welcoming UHBW team-members from across the Trust’s hospitals, the UHBW Staff Choir is focused on connection and wellbeing, uniting new and already confident singers in three-part harmony.
Song choices span folk, world, gospel and pop music; performance highlights include singing at the Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity Star Concert at Bristol Cathedral, entertaining colleagues on International Womans Day and taking to the bandstand in Grove Park as part of the Weston Arts + Health Festival in 2022.
The choir’s performance at the 2023 festival will include a performance of the new birthday commission “Listen In: NHS at 75”, arranged and conducted by UHBW Musician in Residence Bethany M Roberts.
Bethany’s residency at UHBW is generously supported by the Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity.