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Our cultural events are an important component of the hospice’s musical life and its wider artistic and cultural engagement with our community.

Our Arts Team organises diverse arts and cultural events such as music performances and arts displays. Taking place throughout the year, these events bring together patients, families, staff, volunteers and the local community.

As part of our cultural events, we often collaborate with organisations and external professionals. We have been proudly collaborating with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) who kindly offer some of their virtual performances to hospice patients, families, carers, staff & volunteers. 

Songwriting for change, loss and grief

December 2021

This event marked the completion of an exciting international songwriting project, for hospice patients and school children in Scotland and Greece​, promoting death and dying awareness.

In this free event, we heard more about the project and people’s experiences of it. We enjoyed the songs written and shared audio-visual examples from the process of the project. You can read more about the project here or watch a video about this project by clicking below.

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Online music ​event, live with Richard Michael​

December 2021

This online music event was part of our award-winning ​Tunes with Tea Live! event series and took place via Zoom. In his performance, Richard gave a demonstration of different styles of jazz piano and improvised carols and tunes suggested by members of the audience. ​Events like these are open to everyone: Hospice patients, families and friends, as well as volunteers, staff and anyone in the community.

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For the Love of Trees

'For the Love of Trees' is a beautiful book, celebrating trees and our connection with them. Combining amazing photographic portraits of people and trees with powerful personal testimonies, it tells stories of unique relationships with favourite trees. 

In September, we enoyed an online discussion panel featuring the creators of ‘For the Love of Trees’ authors Vicky Allan and Anna Deacon, as well as other speakers, exploring people’s experiences of trees in relation to wellbeing, loss and change in life.

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Tunes with Tea Live! event with Wana Udobang

On Friday 3rd September, as part of our Tunes with Tea Live! events series, kindly offered in collaboration with the Edinburgh International Festival, Wana offered an online workshop exploring how we connect memory and food and poetry. This involved individual creative writing, sharing of work and discussion. The exercises were simple and accessible for varying skill levels. Wana provided a supportive and safe space in which participants could explore their creativity and challenge themselves.

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Tunes with Tea Live Music

Karine Polwarth, 25 June 2021

This online music event was facilitated via Zoom as part of our Tunes with Tea Live! event series. 

Our Tunes with Tea events are free for our patients, families and friends, as well as volunteers and staff. Anyone in the community is welcome.

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RSNO Digital Concerts

We've been collaborating wtih the RSNO since May 2020. They generously arranged for St Columba's to have free access to a series of digital concerts as part of their Winter Digital Season and again as part of their Spring/Summer Digital Season! It's been a delight for many of our patients, carers, staff and volunteers. 

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