Creative Work

October 27, 2020

The Singing Hospital

Victoria Hume

The Singing Hospital is a 20-minute film by Alex Hyndman following the process of making a new choral work with two “Singing for Breathing” choirs in London. The work was commissioned by rb&hArts – a longstanding arts programme at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. Singing for Breathing has been running at this specialist cardiothoracic trust for 12 years – supporting people with chronic respiratory disease through singing techniques. The film narrative is carried through interviews with lead artist Victoria Hume, participants and key personnel who have driven Singing for Breathing over the last decade.

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About Victoria Hume

Victoria Hume is Director of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. She has a background as a composer, researcher and project manager specialising in culture, health and wellbeing, and was an arts manager for the NHS for 15 years. From 2010-2013 she was chair of London Arts in Health Forum and was the founding chair for the National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing in 2012. She is also a Research Associate in the medical humanities at WiSER (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg), working with the Medical & Health Humanities Africa Network. She established an ongoing module in hospital-based performance for the University of the Witwatersrand’s Community Music course in 2015. In 2017 she received a distinction for a Masters in Music and Health Communication focused on hospital-induced delirium. She continues to write and release music through Lost Map Records, based on the Isle of Eigg.