Its musicians work closely with healthcare staff to make sure its approach is right for each individual person.
Some children have been in hospital a long time, sometimes since birth.
Music stimulates their curiosity and helps build bonds between them and their parents and siblings.
"[At first] she had no interest in me whatsoever because I was a motorcycle racer. She wouldn't even know what Valentino Rossi looked like."It was only because her piano player was such a fan that he kept talking about [meeting me] on the tour bus," he added.
He was sent to Siberia when he was 19 in the last days of Stalin, for being a “bandit”.
Katie was able to see first hand the work of the Rhythmix Wishing Well programme, a charity project.
The project works in partnership with a number of NHS trusts and charities across the south east, bringing live interactive music for wellbeing into hospitals and hospices.
It’s clear that it wasn’t an easy parting, and that Batt was far from happy to lose his protegee, doubtless telling her so in no uncertain times. I was 18 when I met him and he was such a strong leader. But we have made up now.” The now professionally independent Katie Melua has embarked on a new and intriguingly creative phase to her career.
But as I neared my thirties I started to have a clearer concept of what I wanted to do next.
The project also runs a music in healthcare module for third year students at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
This offers insights into the use of music to support children and their families while they are in hospital.
The song was originally written and recorded by Sting, featuring on his 1993 album Ten Summoner’s Tales.