Photo credit Mountbatten – Fraser Simpson, Lee Thomas and Nigel Hartley (Mountbatten CEO
A grand piano that once belonged to The Moody Blues founding member Ray Thomas who died in January 2018, is now bringing enjoyment to Islanders at Mountbatten.
The musician most commonly played the flute and is widely remembered for his solo performance on one of the band’s greatest hits, Nights in White Satin. However, a Yamaha piano given to Ray during his career was gifted to Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest music therapy charity, which works with people supported by Mountbatten.
Fraser Simpson, music therapist at Mountbatten said: “It is amazing to have this gift as a way of bringing more music into the hospice. The day centre patients love coming in to hear the piano, it’s lovely to have such an amazing instrument to play and make music with them.”
Ray, who played at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, died two years ago but he always wanted his instruments to be used to help others.
“We started donating to Nordoff Robbins because of its work in helping people through music,” said his widow, Lee. “Ray’s life was music and he would be so happy his piano is at the hospice. Ray was always helping people, so it’s fantastic.”
Mountbatten provides music therapy sessions every week, including to people with dementia and their families and careers.
For more information visit mountbatten.org.uk/music-therapy