'Musical Offerings': informal music-making in hospices
'An hour in heaven....Thank you very very much'
A hospice volunteer, St Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham, May 2010
As well as giving public concerts the Magdalena Consort offers informal, private performances in hospices, as part of an initiative we have called 'Musical Offerings'.
The relaxed atmosphere, in which patients, volunteers and hospice staff members can listen to live music in a familiar setting, removes the distance which a concert platform often creates. Audience members can meet and talk informally to leading classical musicians and look at the beautifully crafted instruments with which they perform pieces by composers such as Henry Purcell and John Dowland.
Read more about what we offer hospices.
In the footsteps of Maria MagdalenaAccording to tradition, our namesake St Mary Magdalen, 'the typical representative of sinners called to the contemplative life'* was the woman who anointed Christ's feet shortly before his crucifixion. This connects with the idea at the heart of the 'Musical Offerings' programme: to offer a precious gift to people nearing the end of their lives.
* The Cloud of Unknowing, anon C14th, section 16