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Hospital patients and staff enjoy performance by Britten Sinfonia

PUBLISHED: 18:22 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:00 17 May 2018

The Britten Sinfonia group play to patients and visitors at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Britten Sinfonia group play to patients and visitors at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Patients and staff at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital enjoyed a very special performance of Lewis Carroll's Alice Through The Looking Glass.

The Britten Sinfonia group play to patients and visitors at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Britten Sinfonia group play to patients and visitors at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The hospital’s West Atrium became the stage for musicians from Britten Sinfonia on Thursday when they performed a musical retelling of the classic tale. About 50 people gathered to watch the 45 minute show which was an adaptation of the Britten Sinfonia’s performances at Norwich Playhouse last Saturday as part of Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

Sarah Rennnix, creative learning director at Britten Sinfonia, said: “It was a unique and rewarding experience for Britten Sinfonia to perform the Alice Through the Looking Glass interactive concert at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

“We played for patients young and old, nurses, carers and staff to brighten up their afternoon and gets their toes tapping.

“Beyond the element of entertainment, an elderly patient approached us at the end saying ‘this is the best therapy you can get.’

The Britten Sinfonia group play to patients and visitors at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Britten Sinfonia group play to patients and visitors at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2018. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“The body of evidence supporting the positive effects of the arts on health and well-being is growing by the day and we hope to continue building connections with the wider community through our performances and education projects.”

A Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital spokesman said: “We would like to thank Britten Sinfonia and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival for the performance. The uplifting classical music and interactive performance was a very welcome addition to the West Atrium and lifted the spirits of our patients and staff.”

• Britten Sinfonia will also be performing Beethoven at Norwich Theatre Royal on Sunday, May 27 as part of the festival.

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