Meet the talented performing artists who entertain, distract, soothe and cheer patients, staff and visitors throughout healthcare settings.
RUBY ASPINALL | Harpist
Ruby enjoys a busy freelance career in London, she is the principal Harp of Chineke! – Europe’s only primarily black and BAME Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with orchestras including the ENO, BRB & BSO. Venues that Ruby plays at range from The O2, through to the Royal Albert Hall for BBC Proms. She also loves to play for weddings & events. Ruby has been featured in several films playing the harp, including “Made Of Honour” for Sony entertainment. Her solo harp playing has been described as “heart melting “by the Guardian.
Kalia Lyraki is a singer-songwriter and nay player specialising in the music of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. She grew up in Greece surrounded by folk music on the island of Crete where she is from. She currently lives in London, working as a performer, composer and teacher. Artists she has collaborated with include Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Natacha Atlas, Zohar Fresco and Kit Downs. She has recorded vocals and various flutes on albums (Syriana, Xaos, Amira Kheir), films (Never Let Go, Love and Life on Lesvos) and computer games (Total War, Assassin’s Creed, Menaphos). Kalia is passionate about women’s issues and through her music seeks to acknowledge women’s contribution in the arts and to empower female artists.
Multiple award winner Dimitris Dekavallas has already established himself as one of the most talented guitarists. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London, he has toured throughout the world and his music has taken him to 156 countries. He has performed in prestigious halls such as the Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and many others. Dimitris has performed for the Pope Benedict XVI, and also for the British Royal Family. He has released four albums. In 2010 he obtained the honourable Freedom of the City of London. Dimitris is a proud Breathe Arts Health Research Resident Musician delivering outpatient concerts in London’s major hospitals. He is sponsored by D’addario & Company.
A concoction of lively, fresh repertoire combining Cuban and Latin American genres with classical music and a hint of Jazz. Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas is one of the finest young performers of the Cuban Classical Guitar School. A multiple award winner, music producer and a sophisticated virtuoso on his instrument, Ahmed has performed at several prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and has performed for the likes of Fidel Castro and Princess Anne, as well as at various music festivals in South America and Europe.
Multi-instrumentalist, born in Cadiz (Spain) in a musical family, he delved into the word Flamenco and Jazz from a very young age. His father, Chano Dominguez (2018 Grammy-Nominated), immersed him into a wealth of musical talent.
After graduating as a Music Technology Specialist, he became involved in London’s Flamenco scene and established himself as a resident guitarist at the iconic venue of Ronnie Scott’s. Alongside, Pablo produced music and sound for video works of acclaimed brands such as Louis Vuitton, Vogue and Bershka, to name a few.
Pablo explore London’s buzzing music scene to its fullest, by joining different bands such as The Turbans, Trovador and Farafi.
Jean Kelly hails from an Irish family of several generations of professional musicians. Jean won a scholarship to study harp at the Royal College of Music. A versatile and pioneering musician, Jean has an electric career spanning orchestral, contemporary and world music. Jean specialises in classical, folk and medieval harps. She has played harp on several film scores including ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Paddington 2’. Jean regularly performs concertos at St. Martins-in-the-fields church with the Locrian Ensemble and they have made a number of recordings together.
Mark is a professional self-taught harpist playing a 29 string Celtic harp. Mark specialises in a contemporary repertoire, combining original harp arrangements of rock, pop and motown classics along with modern classical, light jazz and Latin styles. Mark brings a unique approach to the harp and his sets have been described as like watching a live harp DJ set.
Mark has been an advocate for music in healthcare for the past 10 years and is proud to bring live music to hospital settings across London and the South East. Outside of healthcare Mark has a varied career with live credits ranging from a royal engagement at St James’ Palace to sunrise sets at Glastonbury Festival.
MARIA-CHRISTINA Harper | Harpist
Maria-Christina, also known as MC & The 7 Pedals, is an award winning, London based, experimental electric harp player who creates compositions using guitar pedal effects. Maria Christina’s music is cinematic, dreamlike and highly atmospheric as it seamlessly blends traditional and avant‐garde techniques to create mesmerising new forms.
MC has performed on Later with Jools Holland on BBC2, at the BBC Radio 1 studios, at the Montreal Jazz Festival, at the Royal Festival Hall, the National Portrait Gallery and at major venues in Europe. Maria‐Christina has collaborated with many artists including Katie Melua, Soft Cell, Alani, Jeremy Reed, Pete Long, Richard Strange, Psarantonis.
Deian has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician all over the world. He works regularly with the UK’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia, BBC Concert and Symphony Orchestras, as well as being the harpist for the West End production of ‘42nd Street’. He has recorded soundtracks for TV and film including ‘Frozen Planet’ and ‘Baby Driver’.
He was invited by HRH The Prince of Wales to entertain the entire Royal Family on the Queen’s 80th birthday. Artists worked with include Dame Shirley Bassey, Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Ball & Boe, Take That, McFly, Rod Stewart and The Jacksons.
GUILLERMO ROZENTHULER | Vocalist & Guitarist
Based in London, charismatic Buenos Aires-born vocalist and guitarist Guillermo Rozenthuler has become one of the leading voices of Argentine Tango and South American song in the UK. Alongside his performing career, Guillermo is an experienced educator. In his singing workshops and vocal coaching he inspires individuals and groups to discover and enjoy their voices with freedom. His greatest passion is the field of music for health and well-being and he collaborates regularly with Breathe Arts Health Research and other leading UK Arts and Health organisations to provide performances and singing activities.
As described by the New York Concert Review as ‘Stupendous…totally original and engaging’, British harpist Keziah Thomas enjoys a reputation of a lively and engaging performer. She has appeared in major venues and festivals throughout the world from Carnegie Hall in New York to Buckingham Palace in London.
Born in London, Keziah studied at the Royal College of Music and is the recipient of many prizes for her playing including the London Harp Competition, the Camac Harp Competition and the Contemporary Records Society Performing Artists Competition.
Adrian Garratt is a highly skilled violinist, performer, comedian, clown, and therapeutic musician. He leads the London Phoenix Orchestra, performs interactive classical recitals in schools, and tours his solo show as manic idiot violinist ‘Sid Bowfin’ (‘Europe’s funniest violinist’ – Spoffin Festival, Netherlands).
Adrian has played in healthcare settings for 15 years and is now resident musician for Guy’s and St Thomas’, Harefield, Chelsea and Westminster, and West Middlesex University Hospitals. Adrian is passionate about this work, and a proud advocate of the Arts in Health organisations he has associations with.
REGINALD JOJO YATES | Traditional African Musician
Born in Ghana, Jojo Yates is a musician and instrument maker specialising in ancient African instruments. He has recorded with popular artists such as Nelly Furtado,worked with John Scott on the soundtrack of HBO’s film Deadly Voyage and has toured the world with Moire Music Drum Orchestra, Master Drummers of Africa, Sun-Ra, KonKoma (Afro-funk band) and others. Jojo mesmerises audiences with intricate melodies on his handmade seprewa and other instruments including the Ghanaian kpanalogo drums and thumb piano.