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Healthcare Settings Training Programme at St. James’ Hospital Dublin 8 – 12 February, 2010

Music Network, in partnership with Musique et Santé, Europe’s only
dedicated Music & Health organisation, is conducting a Music in
Healthcare Settings Training Programme for musicians at St. James’s
Hospital Dublin from 8 – 12 February, 2010. The training programme,
funded by the Leonardo da Vinci – Lifelong Learning fund of the European
Union, was devised to provide musicians from four European countries an
opportunity to acquire the skills and competencies to work in a range of
healthcare environments and an opportunity to develop greater cultural
understanding through music and health across Europe.

Four Irish musicians are taking part in the training programme alongside
trainees from the partner organisations in Royal Northern College of
Music, Manchester (UK), The Academy of Music, Krakow (Poland) and
Musique et Santé (France). They are violinist Aingeala De Burca from
Dublin, guitarist/singer Liam Merriman from Waterford, guitarist Joe
Philpott from Cork and guitarist Finn MacGinty from Westmeath.

The training in Dublin during the week of 8-12 February will be based at
St. James’s Hospital concentrating on three areas: working on the
Oncology Day Ward and working with the patients and clients in the
Department of Medicine for the Elderly and the Department of
Psychiatry. The trainees will also give a concert in the Main Reception
area of St. James’s Hospital at lunchtime on Wednesday 10th February.

This is the third instalment of the programme that commenced in October
2009 with training in healthcare settings in Paris and Manchester. Two
further training weeks will take place in Krakow and Paris during March
and May of this year. Each training week includes regular workshops,
artistic residencies, patient bedside performances and mobile
performances in various hospital and healthcare settings.

Music Network has been involved in music in healthcare settings since
1998 as part of our aim to provide access to the highest quality live
music to the people of Ireland, regardless of their location or
circumstance. Following the publication of the Music Network Music in
Healthcare 2000 – 2004 Report, Music Network has concentrated on
providing professional development supports to musicians working, or
with an interest in working, in healthcare settings in Ireland.

For media queries and photographs, please contact: Louise Walsh, PR &
Marketing Manager, Music Network: (01) 671 9429 or

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