AS PATIENTS sit in the waiting room of Cowplain Family Practice, it’s not unusual to hear Handel, Mozart or Haydn wafting through.
But this is not the radio – throughout the summer the surgery has been hosting concerts by talented music students.
Admin assistant Alex Creamer came up with the idea of asking his musical friends to perform alongside him to raise money for equipment at the surgery.
The lunchtime soirees have been a huge success and, along with cakes baked by the Friends of Cowplain Family Practice, they have raised more than £150.
Alex, 20, from Waterlooville, is set to study music at Cardiff University later this month. He said: ‘It came about because I wanted to make some music within the practice.
‘We’ve got a lovely big space for meetings and I realised it was going unused on Tuesday afternoons so the idea came about to have a concert series.
‘I wanted to invite the public and patients to raise money for the practice equipment fund to buy things like blood pressure machines.
‘I work here and I’m also in a lot of bands and choirs. I play trombone, euphonium and cello.’
There have been brass bands, string quartets and piano recitals.
Practice patient liaison manager, Emily Dallas, said the patients thought it was a wonderful idea and have been enjoying the shows.
‘They think it’s lovely. They say it’s something quite unique. I’ve certainly never heard of another practice doing it,’ said Emily. ‘The practice is a real community anyway but this gives the place even more of a community feel.’
Joan Elliott, chairwoman of the Friends of Cowplain Family Practice, said: ‘In a society that seems to only dwell on the down side of youth behaviour, it is refreshing to hear of a group of very talented youngsters who are prepared to give up their time to help a very worthy cause.
‘Alex will be leaving the surgery in the middle of September to embark on a music degree.
‘We would like to thank him for all his hard work in arranging the concerts and to wish him and his friends the best of luck in their future musical careers.’
Alex is hoping to return at Christmas for a carol concert.