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Click above to see the Steinway’s journey from Perth Concert Hall to St John of God Public and Private Hospitals. Video courtesy of St John of God Healthcare.

Lunch time piano performances are being held in the foyer at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals on most Fridays to lift the spirits of patients, caregivers and visitors.

The performances have been made possible thanks to a generous donation of a Steinway piano to the hospital from Musica Viva through the Act-Belong-Commit New Life Instrument program sponsored by Healthway.

Weekly performances featuring a number of professional classical and jazz pianists, as well as students, are currently being organised by Musica Viva.

The piano, which had been housed at the Perth Concert Hall where it was played for many years by some of the world’s best, was generously gifted to the program by the Perth Theatre Trust.

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) will be coordinating the performances between July and November.

SJOG hospital’s chief executive officer Glen Power said they were very grateful for the piano donation by Healthway and for the support with arranging the performances by both Musica Viva and WAAPA.

“The performances have been well received by both patients and caregivers and build on SJOG’s focus on the connection between the arts and health,” he said.

Musica Viva WA manager Lindsay Lovering said the instrument program had been a tremendous success and enabled many people throughout Western Australian to enjoy classical music when they might not otherwise have had such an opportunity.

Director of WAAPA Julie Warn said the students were excited to be participating in this performance project.

This article originally appeared in the Echo News, Musica Viva In Midland