Magical Day at Rachel House with RSNO

A themed 'Magical' music event was held at Rachel House Children's Hospice on Friday (19 August) with musicians from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and representatives from The Miller Group.

The event – for 40 children, young adults and their families who visit the hospice – included participatory games using singing, body percussion and instruments with the theme of samba and storytelling. All participants were dressed up for the day as their favourite 'magical' characters including Harry Potter, fairies and pirates.
The event celebrated a successful first year of RSNO's three-year musical residency, sponsored by Edinburgh-based Miller Group, the UK's largest privately-owned housebuilding, property development and construction business.
Alison Blair, Rachel House Activities Co-ordinator said:

We had a fantastic day and would like to say a huge thank you to RSNO and the Miller Group. "The music sessions have a huge value for families, bringing everyone together and helping to create special memories. The day was the perfect way to mark the first year of our partnership with RSNO.

RSNO Associate Principal Percussion John Poulter, who will now be leaving the project to enable other RSNO members to take over, said:

Elita Bungard, Helen Brew and I have had a wonderful year working at Rachel House. It feels like we have been working together for far longer than we have. This is due in no small part to the fun and enjoyment we have taken from our visits and also the friendly, close knit atmosphere we have experienced whilst working there. To be associated with something so special and important has been wonderful, as has seeing first-hand the effect we have had on the children and their families. I hope our colleagues have as good a time as we have – I'm positive they will.

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