The ground breaking MBF music4health program, a state-wide community initiative developed jointly by MBF and state symphony The Queensland Orchestra, will make music at the Mater Children’s Hospital next week. 
The concert for the kids, one of a 5-concert calendar taking in hospitals from Toowoomba, through Brisbane and north to Bundaberg, will take place on 16 April at 9.30am.
MBF music4health sees The Queensland Orchestra take a break from the concert hall to share the uplifting and therapeutic power of music with young patients at children’s wards in hospitals all over the state. The 45-minute interactive concert features a five-piece ensemble, with the finale being the much-loved classic Toy Symphony, giving young patients the chance to participate in music making.
“A hospital might appear an unlikely venue for an orchestral concert but we know from experience that it is ‘good medicine’ for young patients,” said MBF’s Shannon Carruth. “It provides a wonderful and uplifting diversion during a hospital stay and, in some cases, a welcome distraction from the effects of illness or injury. MBF is delighted to again bring music4health to hospitals in Queensland in partnership with The Queensland Orchestra. It is always a thrill to see the musicians enjoying the experience as much as the children.”
The Queensland Orchestra Managing Director Michael P. Smith said the program's expansion into Queensland was launched just two years ago. “From the moment a baby is born, music is used to soothe, to heal, to stimulate and to educate: from a calming lullaby, to a crazy Wiggles tune,” he said. “Music is one of the most basic learned elements and it gives The Queensland Orchestra such joy to be able to share it with patients in hospitals throughout Queensland as part of the MBF music4health program.”
The MBF music4health concert will take place at the Mater Children’s Hospital, APRIL 16 at 9.30am.

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