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Music Wednesdays Coordinators - York St John University

York Hospital has a fantastic relationship with York St John University's Music Department. Since 2010 the Arts Team have been working with York St John University to recruit a pair of Music Wednesdays Coordinators. The successful students work closely with the Arts Team to provide a schedule of music performances which benefit patients, visitors and staff across the majority of the hospital site, including wards and communal areas.

"I really enjoyed performing in the hospital, it was a completely new experience for me and I gained a lot of satisfaction from it. The comments made by a few of the individuals were touching, it's lovely to realise how much of a difference music can make to people. So I would like to thank you very much for allowing me to have this experience."

- Comment by Second Year Music Student after playing on the Stroke Rehab Unit

2017 - 2018

Emily Tindall and Wayne Dawson

Music Wednesdays Coordinators 


Emily Tindall continues her role as Music Wednesday's Coordinator, joined by Wayne Dawson, also a third year Music Student.


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 2016 - 2017

Ellis Walsh and Millie Saunders

Music Wednesdays Coordinators


“We are third year music students from York St John University, and we both actively sing and play a range of instruments both as soloists, and as a duet.

Working within the community as musicians is a great interest to both of us, and working at the hospital is a wonderful opportunity to explore this further. It's thrilling to have been selected for this role as we're both passionate about our music, and love to see the way it affects people.

We're really excited to give other musicians the chance to come and play at the hospital with us to share their incredible talents and experience the joy their music brings to others.”

We were sad to say good bye to Millie Saunders in December 2016, she’s been an absolute star and we’re thankful for all the enthusiasm and energy she brought to the Music Wednesdays role. 

We’d like to welcome second year student, Emily Tindall, who joins us for the rest of the academic year.


Emily Tindall

Music Wednesdays Coordinator


“Currently a second year music student at York St John University, I am a keen performer as a classical singer, performing in many venues from local community concerts to arenas.

"I am really excited to take on the role of music coordinator which brings community music into the hospital setting. It is a wonderful opportunity which will enhance my skills as a musician. I hope to bring great music from York St John to both patients and staff at the hospital.

Being in a hospital can be a difficult time, hopefully we will be able to put some smiles on faces and create a positive atmosphere.”

2015 - 2016

Nathan O'Grady and Liam Cooke

Music Wednesdays Coordinators


"We are an acoustic duo who began performing together in our second year of study at York St John University. We are both passionate and proud musicians and greatly appreciate the difference music can make to someones life. Together we have performed in hospitals, cafes and care homes, and we both share a strong interest in community music. We are looking forward to taking our fellow musicians into the hospital every few weeks to show them that the great work and effort they put into their craft, is hugely beneficial and respected at York Hospital."

2014 - 2015

This year the Arts Team are lucky enough to have the support of not only two Music Coordinators, but also a further Music Volunteer. Jennie Schofield and Eilish Jennison join the team as the 2014 Music Coordinators, supported by Helen Mills who will look into improving the programme through a combination of research and hands on tasks.

Jennie Schofield

Music Wednesdays Coordinator


“As a Hospital Music Wednesdays coordinator I get the opportunity to share music with staff and patients in the hospital. This is such a rewarding experience, because this can open up conversations with patients about their musical experiences and see their reactions to the music we bring in. Playing music in the hospital is a great experience, and I believe is beneficial to the recovery of patients.”

Eilish Jennison

Music Wednesdays Coordinator


“As hospital Wednesday co-ordinator I have the pleasure of bringing talented musicians into the hospital to perform for patients, staff and those visiting the hospital. Being in hospital can often be worrying, stressful and upsetting, however we aim to provide light relief from this. It is a joy to see patients smile when they hear the music and even come and speak to myself and the performers, often explaining how it is nice to have a change and something positive in the hospital.”

Helen Mills

Music Volunteer


“As a Music volunteer this role has enhanced my communication and organisational skills through working as part of the arts team in the hospital. People benefit from music in the hospital as it can help in several ways from changing the mood of a patient and/or the family, to help support in times of need.”




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