Jazzing it up for patients

Award-winning jazz pianist Russell Holmes delighted patients, staff and visitors with his uplifting tunes in a patient lounge at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

Arts Program Manager Connie Petrillo says the performance is the first in a series of concerts, Music as a Healing Influence, that will take place throughout the hospital.

“This series is a part of a wider program that provides quality art, in all its forms, to visitors to our hospital,” Ms Petrillo says.

“Research shows art can have a significant healing impact on those who are unwell.”

“The hospital setting is an ideal place for such beautiful and moving music to be played, where people can relax and take a moment away from what might be a stressful time in their lives.”

Triple WAMI award winning Jazz Pianist, Russell Holmes has performed with many jazz ensembles including MPS, Frames of Minds, The Ragabillys, Hip Mo Toast and artists such as Dale Barlow, Red Rodney and others. Career highlights include performing at the Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome and supporting James Taylor at a Leeuwin Estate concert. He has recorded widely, most recently releasing Fire and Rain – The James Taylor Project.

Patients from St Emilie ward and from other wards in the hospital came out of their rooms to enjoy Russell’s performance, whilst other patients were able to stay in their rooms and listen to the music from the comfort of their beds.

Hospital CEO John Fogarty says he is proud to be able to present such a high standard of music for patients and visitors.

“This is very new for us and we are excited to be able to enrich our patients’ experience at the hospital,” Mr Fogarty says.

“Such a diversion can be a welcome part of recovery and I look forward to hosting many more performances such as this one.”st emilie2


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