Writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson became Scottish Patron of Music in Hospitals in 2008, succeeding her father the late Magnus Magnusson KBE.
‘I believe passionately, as my father did, in the glorious ability of live music to raise the spirits as little else can in hospital – especially among frail elderly people whom I’ve seen reached by music at a more profound level than almost anything else. But people of all ages are the beneficiaries of this work and during the past three decades Music in Hospitals has provided over 46,000 concerts in hospitals, hospices, care homes and day care centres across Scotland. Not a single one could have taken place without the contributions of our many supporters and we are truly grateful. Nor should we forget the people without whose commitment and unflagging energy the concerts would not happen at all: the highly skilled professional musicians who carry out this work week in week out the length and breadth of Scotland.
The key to it all is, of course, communication and the artists not only pay their audiences the compliment of bringing them their very best performance in musical terms, but they also have a real empathy with people at their most vulnerable. I find this truly impressive.’