Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.
The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.
Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and healthcare staff “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’ Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life – to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’