The Stairwell Project is driven by the notion and well researched evidence that live music and art is an essential element in the healing process and general well being of patients, staff and public in hospitals and medical centres.
The project is a collaboration with students, graduates and lecturers from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Queensland and the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University).
Currently the The Stairwell musicians play in the RBWH Foyer and in Oncology outpatients (Level 4) every Monday and Wednesday from 8:30am.
Beginning in mid 2015, despite financial challenges, this little project has flourished and made significant creative ground for its capacity. The recent Pozible Campaign page outlines the project’s depth and just how much it has delivered in terms of impact over such a short space of time.
One of the many personal stories shared since the project's inception serves as a wonderful example:
On one particular occasion a man approached and asked us if we could play something upbeat, as his wife was in the hospital and was very ill. He was noticeably distressed. We played the jazz standard “All of Me”. The man closed his eyes, started swaying with the music and it seemed as though he had transported to another place. As the song ended some of his family members arrived and the man broke down in tears and so did we. He was so appreciative just to have one bright spot in what was a very difficult time. He gave us all a big hug and then went inside. It was at that moment which I realised the power and positive effect that this initiative can have. - Andrew Saragossi (B.Mus., LLB)