Oh brother! well played at Irvine Unit

Music recital at the Irvine Unit in Bexhill Hospital
Music recital at the Irvine Unit in Bexhill Hospital

THREE talented young brothers held a capacity audience captivated in Bexhill Hospital’s Irvine Unit as the old year drew to a close.

Each of the Barnett brothers is studying the piano. Gabriel 17, Ennis 14, and 12 year-old Lorcan had been visiting their grandparents for Christmas from their London home.

For their grandfather, hospital chaplain the Rev Neville Barnett who organizes the recital series, this was too good an opportunity to miss. Gabriel had already given a recital in the unit’s Atrium as part of the League of Friends-funded Arts in Healthcare programme.

Staff arranged the seating as more and more of the unit’s ambulant patients crowded the Atrium.

Grade 5 student Lorcan opened the Wednesday, December 30 recital in style with a confident rendering of Johann Burgmuller’s L’Orage. Grade 6 student Ennis followed with three well-received pieces: a Bach Sinfonia, Gaubert Groviez’s Le Pastour and Harold Arlen’s popular Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Grade 8 student Ganriel delighted with Bach’s Prelude in C Minor and Chopin’s Waltz in B Minor.

The recital was the 18th since the series was launched in September 2014. Pre-Christmas recitals included a welcome return by harpist Fiona Hosford and a selection of seasonal songs by the tiny tots of the First Friends Nursery School - surely the youngest performers ever likely to appear at the Irvine Unit.