We are starting 2024 with an exciting range of performances. We are pleased to invite staff, patients and visitors to experience uplifting performances by talented artists from around the world. Take a Breathing Space to pause and recharge in the public spaces of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals.

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

 

January

Wednesday 10th January, 12.30pm-1.30pm – Atrium 1, Guy’s Hospital

Shirt Tail Stompers

Jazz Quartet

London’s top vintage band, the Shirt Tail Stompers are firmly established at home and internationally playing Harlem Swing and the Hot Jazz of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Featuring music from composers such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Count Basie. 

 

Wednesday 17th January, 12.30pm – 1.30pm – Atrium 1, Guy’s Hospital

Lyrix Organix presents…

Betty Accorsi accompanied by Daniel Hewson (Saxophone and piano)

Charlie is Ready (Alternative RnB and NeoSoul)

 

Betty Accorsi is an Italian saxophone player, multi-instrumentalist and composer currently based in Brighton. She studied classical saxophone, piano and composition at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire in Milan. She completed her Master’s in Performance under the guidance of Mick Foster, Paul Bartholomew and Dr Pete Furniss at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating with a distinction. After completing her studies at the height of the 2020 pandemic, Betty moved to Brighton, where she currently teaches to students, schools and big bands. 

Melodic and ever-evolving are but two words to describe the artistry of Charlie Is Ready. An AltRnB/Neosoul songstress and composer from London, Charlie is set to cultivate soothing and introspective vibrations with her upcoming EP, ‘Antidote’ (coming 2024). Its lead single, ‘Rose Oil’ is out, with follow up, ‘L4yers’ to be released to close this year. 

 

Wednesday 24th January, 12.30pm-1.30pm – Atrium 1, Guy’s Hospital

De Fuego

Flamenco and Rumba

Winners of the UK/EU Lukas Latin Awards 2019, De Fuego is a multi award-winning Spanish guitar duo playing energetic instrumental flamenco and rumba music. De Fuego’s have headlined a number of festivals across Europe including Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Hungary. Press appearances include BBC Radio, Resonance FM Radio, EFE Spain International News and Thames TV, and glowing reviews by world music magazines such as Fatea Magazine, Songlines and F-roots. 

 

Wednesday 31st January, 1-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital

Balbir Singh Dance

Indian Fusion

Founded in 1998 by Balbir Singh, BSDC has grown to be a leading dance company that specialises in blending contemporary western dance and classical Indian Kathak. Based in Leeds, the company regularly works with the best artists and musicians and presents work to diverse audiences in the UK and internationally.

 

 

February

Wednesday 7th February, 12.30pm – 1.30pm – Atrium 1, Guy’s Hospital

Kyan Quartet

String Quartet 

Established in 2020, the award-winning Kyan Quartet brings together four exceptional musicians from the United Kingdom, the United States, China, and France.  The Kyan Quartet prides themselves on championing new music. During their Wigmore fellowship, they premiered Reef, a commission by Florence Anna Maunders. Other premieres include a performance at the 2022 Timber Festival of Symphony for String Quartet and Forest by Jacob Fitzgerald, which featured 200 school children singing alongside the quartet.

 

 

Wednesday 14th February, 1-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital

Youthsayers

Jazz and World Music  

Youthsayers are a South London based music performance and education group. Their aim is to develop group playing skills, leadership, confidence as well as cultural appreciation and understanding. Youthsayers support the young people they work with, as they grow as people and help them maintain a positive outlook to tackle the challenges that life presents. 

 

Wednesday 21st February, 12.30pm – 1.30pm – Atrium 1, Guy’s Hospital

Lyrix Organix Presents… Ella Clayton

Ella Clayton is a songwriter and musician, who’s storytelling ability and breathtaking voice cast powerful spells over each audience she encounters. After living in Brighton and Berlin, honing her craft as a street musician, Ella returned to her hometown of London where she met producer, Lester Duval. The pair went on to record Ella’s debut album, “Murmurations. This body of work manages to be somehow both spectacular and relatable, drawing you further into her world with every word.  

… and Toby Corton

To quote BBC6 Music’s Tom Robinson, Toby is a ‘charismatic queer cockney creative’ currently based in East London. His music has been described by Earmilk as “British soul, held together by a modern indie overtone”.  

With music as the linchpin of Toby’s creativity, a storyteller at his core, his creative expression spills out into mediums beyond music, with him not only producing work for his own projects but also directing and producing for other artists.  The talented singer songwriter is now working with a full live band, playing to sold-out audiences for headline shows at Servant Jazz Quarters, The Windmill (Brixton) and The Roundhouse. 

 

Wednesday 28th February – no performance

 

 

March

Wednesday 6th March, 12.30-1.30pm – Atrium 1, Guy’s Hospital

China Bowls

Singer Songwriter

China Bowls blends neo soul, blues, jazz, and hip hop, she brings her mesmerising stories to life through enchanting vocals, clever lyrics, and infectious melodies. She was recently announced as a recipient of this year’s PRS “Women Make Music” fund.

 

Wednesday 13th March, 1-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital

Magpie Dance Company

Spoken Word and Dance

Magpie are the UK’s leading dance charity for people with learning disabilities. Through dance, their participants gain life, social and communication skills with added health and wellbeing benefits. They also deliver professional training for education, dance, health and business clients, and work with the NHS to provide in-patient work for people with dementia and learning disabilities.

 

Wednesday 20th March, 12.30pm – 1.30pm –  Atrium 1, Guy’s Hospital

Karim Kamar

Pianist

Karim Kamar is a contemporary classical pianist and composer from London. He has produced and created music of many different styles for various artists,  though his my main focus is on the creation of relaxing New Age solo piano music, with stylings similar to: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ludovico Einaudi and Yann Tiersen. 

 

Wednesday 27th March – no performance

 

 

April

Wednesday 3rd April – no performance

 

Wednesday 10th April, 1-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital

JOM Youth Open Mic

More information soon

 

Wednesday 17th April, 12.30pm – 1.30pm – Atrium 1, Guy’s Hospital

Akademi

South Asian Dance

 

Wednesday 24th April, 1-2pm – Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital

Blink Dance Theatre

Dance Theatre

BLINK Dance Theatre are an ‘original, inspiring and fresh’ neurodiverse group of artists who together share their vision through training, performance and facilitation.

They are excited to bring their performance ‘Welcome to the BLINKiverse’ to St. Thomas’s Hospital which will lift the audience into an ‘out of this world’ journey through BLINK’s fantastical cosmos.