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The purpose of MIHC is to create joy through live music. We want to improve the quality of life for audiences whose lives are restricted by illness, disability and other physical and mental health problems, and we do this by employing professional musicians to perform one-hour long music concerts. We believe passionately that everyone should have access of good-quality live music regardless of their health.
We are proud to bring the pleasure and therapeutic benefits of music into healthcare establishments and special schools. Throughout Wales, MIHC organise nearly 550 live concerts each year, and nearly 4000 throughout the UK. Each concert is performed to 30 people on average, including Staff, Carers and Family Members, and over the course of a year, we reach approximately 120,000 vulnerable adults and children across the Healthcare spectrum.
MIHC employs a team of over 50 professional musicians in Wales, all of whom are highly experienced to deliver sensitive and engaging performances. Most of our artists are bilingual in Welsh and English, and all are hand-selected through an auditioning process for their professionalism, sensitivity and interpersonal skills. We encourage our Musicians to perform a variety of music styles to suit the individual needs of the venue. This can be anything from Jazz to Opera to Folk, and the pieces are often chosen to evoke positive memories and emotions, including Welsh songs and hymns, that many members of the audience will have known as children.
"The most heart-warming part was when a jive number was performed, and one of our residents who is immobile attempted to get up out of her chair to dance. This lady spent her youth dancing to swing, and was so alert and happy throughout the show. She was assisted to dance via her chair... Everyone, regardless of ability, was enabled to participate in this event."
How can you help?
As the MIHC Cymru team is so small (2 full-time and 1 part-time staff!), you can imagine that we are very busy. We are actively looking for volunteers to support us with a variety of roles: from office administration to managing fundriaisng events, Marketing and Journalism support to research projects. The team is based at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, and is open 9-5pm weekdays. Although our office is based in South Wales, we work across the whole of the country, and have two active committee groups in Bangor and Cardiff. We are happy for volunteers to work in the office or remotely, depending on the nature of the role. Student volunteers are welcome, as we can always work around your timetable. We currently have one welsh-speaking member of staff, so applications in English or Welsh are encouraged.