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Music in Hospitals

Jane has been fortunate to be picked as one of four musicians from the UK to take part in two Eurpoean Union Leonardo Da Vinci funded 'Music in health settings' projects, led by experts in the field of music in healthcare, Musique et Sante, Paris. Taking place in Dublin, Paris, Krakow, and Manchester, these focused on the role of a musician in healthcare, and delivering training to both musicians and healthcare professionals.


Their approach differs from much work classed as 'music in hospitals', as it is intentionally interactive - tailoring the music to the needs of the patient, staff, and relatives, and seeking to involve people, rather than solely perform to them. It is also different to a workshop setting, as musicians are often mobile - enabling music to happen at the bedside, and thus involving a much wider range of patients than might normally be able to get involved.



music in hospital, Jane Bentley

Practical delivery took place at:


Manchester: Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

         Orthopaedic, neurorehabilitation, oncology,

         secondary and tertiary wards.


Dublin: St. James' Hospital

         Oncology day treatment ward, older adult wards.


Krakow, Poland: Boni Fratres Cracoviensis Hospital

         Older adult wards, intensive care unit.


Paris: Robert Debré Hospital



Paris: Institut Gustav Roussy

         Paediatric oncology unit

Current projects:


Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Young People in Hospital

Training consultant - mentoring musicians in children's hosital settings including:

  • Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill

  • Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital

  • Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh

  • Rachel House Hospice - Children's Hospice Association


Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Project leader for Re:Connect pilot project, working alongside SCO musicians to develop creative music making in a dementia-assessment ward at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, in conjunction with Artlink Edinburgh.




Jane with Irish musician, Liam

Merriman, in hospital in Krakow.