The Soundbite Music Programme brings a varied line-up of music to patients, staff and visitors at the RUH; this involves live musical performances as well as interactive music workshops. Soundbite aims to create an uplifting and positive environment for patients, visitors and staff, creating long-lasting relationships between the RUH and the wider community.

Through the Soundbite Programme we aim to increase access to musical provision across the RUH community; improve the well-being of patients, staff and visitors at the RUH, and to provide students and emerging musicians with the opportunity to gain experience of music facilitation and performance in a health care setting.

Lunchtime Performances

The Soundbite Performance Programme brings a diverse range of live music to communal areas of the hospital and wards. We have been working with young musicians from Live Music Now (LMN) and musicians from the Bath Folk Club (generously funded by the Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust) and Bath Spa University, as well as other local […]

Dementia Care

AATH works closely with the hospitals Dementia Strategy Group and Dementia coordinators to ensure the programme reaches and benefits the many patients at the hospital with Dementia. Alzheimer’s society statistics say that 1 in 4 beds in a general hospital are filled with someone with Dementia, and we know that patients with dementia have longer […]

Musician in Residence on the Older Patients Wards

  Musician in Residence Frankie Simpkins provides a weekly session, using voice and ukulele. When Frankie visits a ward she begins by liaising with staff regarding anything she should be aware of whilst on the ward, such as bays she shouldn’t go in, or specific patients who would benefit from the music. Most wards are […]

Bath Spa University Student Placements

We provide students and emerging musicians the opportunity to gain experience of music facilitation and performance in a health care setting. If you are a musician and would like to perform at the RUH or if you would like more information about the Soundbite programme please contact Frankie Simpkins (Musician in Residence)

Bath Hospital Radio Collaboration

Art at the Heart have teamed up with Bath Hospital Radio, which broadcasts 24 hours a day to patients at the Royal United and Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases as well as online. The radio station has plans to relaunch its schedule including new specialist music shows, the introduction of spoken word programmes and […]