GIVING BACK:Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra visits the National Heart Institute under its Education and Outreach Programme and gives patients as well as visitors a rare treat
CLASSICAL music is believed to have a therapeutic effect on the wellbeing of a person. In line with this, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) visited the National Heart Institute (IJN) to spread its "magical" remedy to patients, visitors and staff of the hospital, recently.
As part of MPO's Education and Outreach Programme (Encounter), the visit was aimed at bringing music into patients' and other people's lives.
"It has been proven scientifically that classical music helps to heal and we want to bring it to the people who cannot go to MPO," said Encounter representative Nur Azalea Rusni.
She added that the kind of music played by the musicians depends on the crowd.
"For example, today we have only the strings as we can't have loud sounds in a hospital. We also look at our audience when we choose the type of music we play," she said.
After an half-hour performance at the hospital's lobby, the musicians moved on to the paediatric ward, where the four musicians introduced themselves and their instruments.
They also explained the difference between their instruments before starting their performances.
IJN Foundation manager Ritzzawati Rosli Mohd Rosli said this was the second time MPO performed at the hospital.
"The first time was by invitation. When they called us and asked to perform, we agreed immediately because it is a great experience for our patients and visitors," she said.
She added that the visit to the children's ward would give the kids the opportunity to watch live musical show that they would otherwise miss.
"Most of the children here come from outside of Kuala Lumpur and do not have a chance to be exposed to such an event," she said.
MPO with the support of ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia is scheduled to visit more charitable homes in the coming weeks and are open to work with other organisation who are willing to be part of its programme.