Launch of new arts partnerships

31 January 2013

Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity has two new arts partnerships for 2013—the Royal College of Music and Rambert Dance Company.

Photo: Dancers at Rambert Dance Company

Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity has two new arts partnerships for 2013—the Royal College of Music and Rambert Dance Company.

Rambert Dance Company

From February, Rambert Dance Company will be delivering dance workshops for patients at the hospital.

On 14 February, in honour of Valentine’s Day, the lunchtime concert will be replaced by a dance session in the main atrium of the hospital for staff and public to take part in.

Everyone is welcome to come along from 1–1:20pm to learn a few of the moves from Rambert’s latest repertoire, ‘Labyrinth of Love’. The session will be led by one of Rambert’s own dancers. Absolutely no experience necessary.

Free dance classes—recruit your patients to take part!

Rambert are providing 10 weeks of simple dance classes for patients aged 50+. Sessions include a gentle warm-up followed by fun movement exercises to music. They provide a wonderful support to hospital treatment or rehabilitation.

These are free of charge to any patients linked with the hospital. No experience is necessary and participants can remain seated throughout. Refreshments will be provided. Relatives and carers are welcome.

Sessions are on Fridays from 10.30am–12 noon in the Restaurant on the Lower Ground Floor of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Course 1
22 February and 1, 8, 15 & 22 March

Course 2
12, 19 & 26 April and 3 & 10 May

Patients can book their place by emailing daisy.fancourt@chelwest.nhs.uk or calling 020 3315 6618. Posters and leaflets are available to wards and departments to pass on to patients. For more information about taking part or referring your patients to the classes, please contact Daisy Fancourt on the number above.

Royal College of Music

Beginning on Thursday 31 January, one lunchtime performance a month will be provided by musicians from the prestigious Royal College of Music. This is a fantastic opportunity to welcome some world-class performers to take part in our weekly lunchtime concerts.

The partnership will be launched with a concert from international violinist Joo Yeun Sir. Joo Yeun has won over 40 awards in the last eight years so her performance promises to be unmissable.

Our lunchtime performances take place from 1pm–1:45pm every Thursday in the main hospital atrium and are free to attend.