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Music therapy on hospital wards
A series of concerts are being held in the wards of a Derby hospital as therapy for patients.

The concerts have been organised by the charity Music in Hospitals, which believes live music can be beneficial for people in hospital.

Kingsway Hospital is holding 12 concerts throughout the year.

Staff say many long-term patients, especially those with dementia, respond well to music and it can substantially improve their quality of life.

Musical variety

Marian Worthington, manager of Kingsway's Lathkill Ward, found that in many cases patients remembered songs long after other memories had gone.

She said: "Music is something that people with dementia remember, even when they have lost the ability to speak.

"They can remember words and music and they can sing a whole song even though they cannot normally speak."

The first of the concerts was given by harpist Margaret Knight who played a variety of music from classical to traditional ballads.

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