Georgina has been invited to deliver talks and presentations across a variety of venues including;

  • Alder Hey’s Children Hospital Research Institute, Liverpool December 2018

“How I use my cello to engage with children in Hospital


  • Bluecoat Arts Centre Liverpool December 2018

The impact of art and creativity in end of Life Care


In partnership with the Department of Philosophy of the University of Liverpool and NHS Research North-West

Events at the Bluecoat » NHS Philosophy Residency Launch


  • Aesop Conference London April 2018

Partnerships for recovery in Mental Health presented in partnership with Liverpool Philharmonic and Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust

National Arts in Health Conference and Showcase – Eventbrite


  • Philharmonic Hall Liverpool September 2017

Lead musician talk on the 10 years partnership between the RLPO and Merseycare Evaluation report launch


  • Royal Society of Medicine London November 2016

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  • Norwegian Academy of Music Oslo October 15

The impact of a Musician in Residence in a variety of health and social settings



Training Delivery

Over the years, Georgina has delivered numerous training sessions for a variety of organisations such as:

-Alder Hey’s Children Hospital: Training for Play Specialists

-RLPO: Training and mentoring for musicians to work in Mental Health units for the Merseycare
Project and at Alder Hey’s Children Hospital

-Merseycare: Training for staff

-Live Music Now
Training and mentoring for musicians carrying out projects in Special needs schools in Liverpool
Training for musicians carrying out projects in Mental Health Units in London and Leeds.
Training for teachers in special needs schools on how to use simple elements of music making in their daily practice.

-Opening Doors Course at the Tate Gallery Liverpool
How can health care professionals(nurses, social workers, play specialists) use simple elements of music making in their practice? (see website link)

-TaMHS: Targeting Mental Health in Schools:
Training delivery for a group of teachers and child psychologists on the impact of music making with vulnerable children.

Examples of subjects covered in training sessions:

• Communication and Presentation Skills
• Working with Musical Materials, repertoire Based Work
• Improvisation and Composition
• Song Writing
• Knowing the people you`re working with
• Working with Mental Health patients
• Working with children in hospital
• Working with children and adults with autism
• Working in High secure units and prisons
• Practitioners well being/Coping with emotions



Georgina has led several mentoring programmes over the past 5 years for Mental Health trainees and young professional musicians willing to devel-op skills to work in health settings.

One of her most recent mentoring programme has been for Live Music Now musicians.

Live Music Now has formed a new partnership with Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool to deliver a year-long musical mentor-ing programme for patients. Funded by Youth Music, the programme will include a unique training opportunity for four LMN musicians to learn about residency work in healthcare settings. They will work closely with healthcare professionals to develop interactive music sessions for patients in four specific areas of the hospital, supported by Alder Hey’s resident musician and LMN Alumna, Georgina Aasgaard. The programme will be evaluated by music and health researcher/practitioner (and LMN alumna) Ros Hawley and takes LMN’s work in children’s hospitals to a new level.
Alder Hey is one of the largest children’s hospitals in Europe, treating over 270,000 patients each year. It is a centre of excellence for the treatment of cancer, spinal, heart and brain conditions. In September 2015 the hospital will move into Alder Hey in the Park, a brand new purpose built hospital built entirely within a park, the first of its kind in Europe.
Alder Hey’s highly regarded Arts for Health programme has been estab-lished for over a decade, and has been at the forefront of pioneering inno-vative approaches to using the arts in paediatric healthcare. This includes a very successful music programme delivered by their resident musician and cellist Georgina Aasgaard. The hospital identified a need to increase the music provision for patients within their Arts for Health programme and has developed a new Musical Mentoring programme in partnership with Live Music Now.
Research demonstrates the benefits that music-making can offer to chil-dren in hospitals. The recent report “The Power of Music” by Susan Hallam summarises research from around the world: “Children and young people benefit (from music intervention) in terms of enhanced relaxation, providing distraction, and helping them to talk about the hospital experi-ence and develop coping strategies. “Familiar music can reduce anxiety associated with the hospital environment and can reduce children’s stress during painful procedures. In some cases music making can reduce or remove the need for sedation.”

LMN Alumna, Georgina Aasgaard works with a patient at Alder Hey Chil-dren’s Hospital.

Over the next year, four specially selected North West LMN musicians will “pair” with a specialist health professional in one of four areas of the hospi-tal for a period of two months to gain a deeper understanding of the envi-ronment and needs of both patients and staff, as well as skills sharing their approaches to musical interactions with their health professional. This will be followed by a six month mentoring programme with long term patients on their chosen ward or unit. Musicians will work with patients on a one to one basis, or in small groups, and will observe and monitor progress and development with the children and young people that they work with.
“Musical Mentoring” aims to encourage children and young people of all ages and abilities to participate in music making. The project will culminate in the production of music by the patients, some of which may be integrat-ed into Alder Hey in the Park and performed a public event in the new hos-pital’s Performance Space, a dedicated area within the main atrium for live music, dance, storytelling and performance.
Vicky Charnock, Arts Co-ordinator at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “Alder Hey is delighted to be working in partnership for the first time with Live Music Now on this ground breaking project. Music is at the heart of Alder Hey’s very special arts for health programme and we know that it can make a profound impact on patients and their families. This pro-ject enables us to reach even more families whilst at the same time nurtur-ing and supporting young professional musical talent.”
Georgina Aasgaard, Alder Hey’s Musician in Residence said: “Having been resident musician for the past 8 years, I am thrilled that there is an opportunity to spread more music around the hospital as I know how much the children and families benefit from it. I really look forward to supporting the four LMN musicians selected to take part in the project which will be a very exciting journey for us all.”