Image shown: Songbirds. Photo credit: Ivan Gonzalez /Live Music Now

Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing in Waterford presents Songbirds: Music, Communication and Wellbeing, a CPD workshop for musicians working in healthcare settings, on Wednesday 11 October at 2pm.  The session will be led by UK musicians Ros Hawley and Mark Fisher, who specialise in working collaboratively in healthcare settings, and takes place at Waterford Healing Arts Trust Centre for Arts and Health. 

Using their project Songbirds as a starting point, Ros and Mark will share techniques and approaches to practice in a series of creative activities, developing skills in interaction, communication and wellbeing essential for working in healthcare settings. The session will explore how to create opportunities for non-verbal musical communication and person-centred music making, the importance of working in musical partnership with others, and will suggest ideas for creative evaluation and resource materials that can be shared with patients, families and hospital staff.

Admission is free but ticketed as places are limited. Advance booking essential.

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Additional info:
A case study on Songbirds was featured on this year:
Ros Hawley / Mark Fisher website:

Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing is a fun, accessible, multidisciplinary festival in Waterford, which champions the links between arts and wellbeing with a wide-ranging programme of innovative, free events for all ages across all artforms, including music, art, dance, film and literature.  Now in its fifth year, the 2017 festival takes place Monday 9 – Sunday 15 October and coincides with World Mental Health Day and World Hospice Day.  The festival programme will be launched on 18 September. Well Festival is funded by the Arts Council, Waterford City and County Council and Sanofi, and is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries. Further details from


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