Connected Health Cities
If you could hear your health data, what would it sound like?
PRiSM doctoral researcher Zakiya Leeming led a collaboration with Connected Health Cities (CHC) to explore health data through music. Zakiya partnered with the team at the CHC Hub, and invited four RNCM doctoral researchers – composers Caroline Bordignon, Nate Chivers, Isabel Benito Gutiérrez and Tywi John Hywel Roberts – to work with teams from each of the four CHC regions (North East and North Cumbria, North West Coast, Greater Manchester and Connected Yorkshire). Watch a short video about this PRiSM Collaboration introduced by composer Zakiya Leeming here.
Five new pieces of contemporary music were created, each exploring a different health research project. The pieces were performed by Festivo Winds at a sold out event #MusicSaysDataSavesLives at Manchester Museum on 19 September 2019. Watch excerpts from the concert here and watch each of the full performances by visiting the individual project pages (links right and below).
About Festivo Winds
Festivo Winds are a dynamic Wind Quintet based in Manchester and London, formed in December of 2017 at the Royal Northern College of Music.
They are Leila Marshall (flute), Adam Bowman (oboe), Andy Mellor (clarinet), Tom Edwards (French horn). They have a keen interest in promoting arrangements and new works from emerging composers.
About Connected Health Cities
Connected Health Cities (CHC) used data and technology to improve health across the North of England. When the programme was launched, public trust in the reuse of healthcare data was low and a deep understanding of the local context, its complexity and the perspectives of those involved was crucial for success.
Regional research on how informed consensual use of health data could improve the lives of patients, and increase understanding of disease, was coordinated by a central Hub based at The University of Manchester.¹
The project included several engagement projects, including citizen juries, the social media campaigns #DataSavesLives and #MusicSaysDataSavesLives, and a short animation created in collaboration with The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research.²
- Connected Health Cities is funded by the Department of Health through a not-for-profit membership organisation, the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA).
- See https://www.chc-impact-report.co.uk/executive-summary-p3