On October the 15th Pianist James Rhodes entertained patients and staff at Southmead Hospital ahead of his sell-out show at St George’s that evening. Rhodes delighted a gathering crowd while playing hospital’s new Steck Boudoir Grand Piano in the new Brunel building of the hospital.
“This is such a brilliant thing to be a part of and I’m thrilled to have been asked to play. I’m a big fan of taking music into environments where it may not otherwise exist and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that. I hope Chopin would’ve approved.”
- James Rhodes
Rhodes met with volunteer pianists who usually play the piano, including 10-year-old Kino Deligero, who later that evening came to St George’s to see James Rhodes in concert.
“When I read that the Fresh Arts Programme had acquired a new piano at Southmead Hospital, I felt it was a perfect opportunity for St George’s to step forward and do something really special for the local community. We have a thriving education programme and a Music Mentors scheme that regularly takes world-class artists out to schools around Bristol, but this is something new for us. James Rhodes is an exceptional artist who really connects with audiences. He’s returning to St George’s for a sell-out concert but this is a chance for him to meet with an audience that might not otherwise be able to get to our hall. We’re hugely grateful to James for his warm and enthusiastic response to this invitation and, for the people at Southmead, I think it’s going to be an unforgettable moment!”
- Suzanne Rolt
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