Take a Breathing Space to pause and recharge, in the public spaces of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. We are pleased to invite staff, patients and visitors to experience uplifting performances by talented artists from around the world.

Please find details below of our exciting line up, coming up over the next two months.

Download the August – September timetable here.


Wed 2 August 1pm-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital 

Drywood Cajun Band

With haunting vocals, old time fiddle and traditional driving accordion, Drywood Cajun Band features four musicians who are among the most experienced in Cajun and Creole music this side of Louisiana. 


Wed 9 August 1pm-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital

Lucy Bishop 

Lucy is a harpist, currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Performance at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is delighted to share her passion for the harp at this concert in St Thomas’ Hospital, performing well-known repertoire from pop to classical. 


Wed 16th August 1pm-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital 

Kasai Masai 

Kasai Masai mix the infectious dance grooves of Soukous, traditional Congolese folkloric music, with their own contemporary style and Kasai Masai magic. Written in Swahili, Lingala and Kimongo, Kasai Masai’s lyrics portray the cultural diversity of Congo where more than four hundred languages are spoken. 


Wed 23 August 1pm-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital  

Ebony Steel Band 

Ebony Steel Band is one of Europe’s leading steel bands and one of the first steel bands set up in the UK, founded in 1969 by a group of dedicated Caribbean and British men and women who wanted to promote steelpan music across the UK and Europe. ​Ebony has won the National Panorama competition at Notting Hill Carnival, for a record 22 times, eleven times in succession! 


Wed 30 August 1pm-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital 

Shireen Francis Quartet

Londonbased jazz vocalist Shireen Francis is a warm and soulful performer who continually takes her audiences into a new dimension. Her sound is rich and multi-layered, at once delicate, yet powerful. Shireen sings jazz in a uniquely sophisticated way and her rich vocals and innate musicianship is always an uplifting musical experience. 

Wed 6 September 1pm-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital 

Thomas McBrien 

An exceptional jazz pianist and composer based in Southeast London. With two decades of experience, Thomas’s talent has taken him on tours across the UK, Europe, and America, captivating audiences with his remarkable solo performances and collaborations with diverse ensembles.


Wed 13 September 1pm-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital 


Sambossa is a unique, UKbased Brazilian music quartet that presents the sounds & rhythms of Brazil in a small band format. Compact but very powerful, with music ranging from sultry bossa nova & grooving afro-funk to blistering samba, they have the ability to delight both the listener and the dancer. 


Wed 20 September 1pm-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital 

Skowa Kabala 

The Legendary Skowa Kabala, Reggae Ambassador, musician, drummer, and vocalist was born into a family of musicians and began to learn music at the age of 6 and became professional at the age of 14. He travelled throughout Europe for more than 21 years and played in several countries, created projects and recorded three albums with Bandoo Roots, Bandoo D’Jah and One Ground. In 2011 he moved to London and continues playing in clubs and festivals.


Wed 27 September 1pm-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital 

Abdoulaye Samb and Minnjiaraby 

Minnjiaraby is a band founded in 2001 by Abdoulaye Samb, a guitarist, singer and composer from Senegal. His original music is inspired by Fula and Mandinka cultures, among others. The name of the band means “the love of cultural mixing” and Abdoulaye’s music aims to promote an open-minded approach to all cultures and people. 

The Performing Arts Programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ is delivered by Breathe Arts Health Research and made possible with support from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.