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St George's Hospital Stafford to host prog rock gig

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 06, 2014

By Alison Thomas

  • THEN AND NOW . . . Left, Denis Wilbond, Sandra Jones and Maureen Taylor in 1986, right, John Hurley and Hayley Clark in 2014

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PROG rock band Kitten Pyramid will be entertaining staff and patients at St George's Hospital on St George's Day, April 23, as part of a national tour.

Organised by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare's Arts for Health team, the gig is part of a programme of arts and music activities for patients.

This is London-based Kitten Pyramid's second visit to St George's. Lead singer Scott Milligan's late uncle was himself diagnosed with schizophrenia and was a patient there. Scott has memories of visiting him as a child, and the band's debut album, Uh Oh! is, in part, a tribute to his uncle, looking at the man behind the illness.

He said: "Being given the chance to meet the service users and carers and play some of the songs from the album, especially at St. George's where my uncle was a patient, is an amazing opportunity.

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"The film that accompanies the album investigates isolation and hallucinations and I'm hoping by working alongside Arts for Health I can create something that helps."

Eleanor Babb, Arts for Health project officer added: "We are passionate about the importance of the arts in healthcare and the difference this can make to the experiences of our service users and staff.

"We are keen to offer a real range of opportunities and were really pleased when Kitten Pyramid offered to come and play for us."

The band, pictured, also plays Stafford music bar The Grapes on the same evening.

The finale of Kitten Pyramid's tour of hospital gigs will be at the iconic Bedlam hospital in London before the band finish off their full Uh-Oh! tour in the late spring.

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