Music Network is embarking on a new and exciting professional development project for Irish musicians working in healthcare settings. The project involves a partnership between Music Network, the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK and the University of Applied Science, Turku, Finland. The project is co-ordinated by Musique et Santé, Paris, France and is supported with funding from the Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Programme of the European Commission. 

Cellist Gráinne Hope from Meath, guitarist/singer Liam Merriman from Waterford, and singer/guitarist Finn MacGinty from Westmeath have been selected to participate in this programme. All three are professional Irish musicians with in-depth knowledge and experience of working in a range of healthcare contexts in Ireland. They will join six other musicians, three from the UK and three from Finland, for a series of five training sessions.

The purpose of the programme is to provide training to professional musicians, experienced in working in healthcare settings to be trainers in this approach. The music in healthcare settings approach which has been developed by Musique et Santé involves a non-clinical approach that advocates for accessibility to high-quality, live music in any healthcare situation.

The first training session will take place in Paris from 26 – 30 September with the first training session in Ireland during the week of 21 – 25 November and later during the week of 27 February – 2 March 2012. The training sessions in Dublin will take place at St James’s Hospital, Dublin.

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