Inspiring beautiful music

Young people at our hospitals were the inspiration for original music featuring on Hush 18 Collective Wisdom, to be launched with a concert at City Recital Hall this month.

The Hush Foundation’s National Composers in Residence Project brought together the outstanding talents of six of Australia’s top composers and six emerging composers.

Music has long been recognised for its calming and relaxing abilities on the human body but it also has significant therapeutic benefits for sick children, providing a distraction from pain and giving them an outlet to freely express their emotion.

The Hush composers explored the vital role that music can play in aiding the treatment, recovery and healing process.

The composers conducted residencies at hospitals, engaging with adolescent patients with chronic illness and mental health conditions.

At The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Paul Stanhope and Natalie Nicolas engaged with young people through the Hospital School. Paul’s composition is Dancing on the Clouds and Natalie’s is We Won’t Let you Down.

At Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick Matthew Hindson and Katia Beaugeais were inspired by the young people on the Youth Advisory Council. Matthew composed  Nothing Is Forever and Katia Like Snowdrops You Will Shine​.

The composers and young people played music together, talked, and explored how music might help people during illness. The result is joyful and uplifting music, that also acknowledges the fear and anxiety of hospitalisation.

Collective Wisdom has been recorded by the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s critically acclaimed regional touring and education ensemble, ACO Collective.

The Collective Wisdom launch concert will be held at 2.30pm on Sunday 16 September at City Recital Hall.

Find out more about the concert

The Hush Foundation and founder Dr Catherine Crock AM commission some of Australia’s finest musicians to create works encouraging calm environments in children’s hospitals and beyond.

Find out more about the Hush Foundation