Musician & Artists

pARTicipate Projects


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.

Our Musician in Residence Frankie Simpkins visits 5 OPU’s wards and offers visits to other patients all around the hospital. She delivers musical interactions and performances with patients and staff, using voice and ukulele. Frankie is very experienced working in a hospital setting, and is sensitive to performing in a busy ward environment.  She ensures to work around medical staff carrying out their tasks, whilst creating a calm and uplifted atmosphere for them to work in.

Musician in Residence, Frankie Simpkins

National Alzheimer’s Day

A tea party complete with cake, bunting and music marked World Alzheimer’s Day at the RUH in September. The socially-distanced event took place in Combe ward’s garden, with music provided by Art at the Heart musician Frankie Simpkins who played a selection of well-known tunes on the flute.

Frankie performed at other locations in the RUH throughout the week for patients including the Spiritual Care Centre and the Discharge Hub! 

We are looking forward to continuing our performance programme for patients, staff and visitors as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Stitch in Time

Stitch in Time provides weekly creative art and reminiscence workshops on the RUH older patients units led by Stitch’s lead artist Charlotte Stowell and visiting artist, Edwina Bridgeman. The workshops are co-produced by textile students and volunteers.

View our flickr image gallery of Stitch in Time with Charlotte Stowell

View our flickr image gallery of past Stitch in time workshops with Edwina Bridgeman & Charlotte Stowell

We submitted an article to The Journal of Dementia Care on our ‘Stitch in Time’ Garden project with Charlotte Stowell and it was published in the March/April 2020 issue:

View our flickr image gallery of Stitch in Time: Garden Theme


Artsparks was first established in 2008 and is led by Artist in Residence, Edwina Bridgeman who brings a series of regular creative workshops to young patients on the Children’s Ward. The workshops take place both in the playroom and by patient bed sides. The intention is to allow children to enjoy the freedom to produce their own artwork in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental setting.

View our flickr image gallery of Artsparks with Edwina Bridgeman

View our flickr image gallery of Artsparks with Charlotte Stowell

Artsparks was generously funded by Friends of the RUH 2019-20.

We are looking forward to continuing our art programme and participatory projects for patients, staff and visitors as soon as we have secured funding and it’s safe to do so.