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Nick and Molly at Buckingham Palace stood in front of the Palace with Beefeaters in the background

OPUS at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Garden Party for the Creative Industries

On May 15th, we had the immense honour of attending the Sovereign’s Creative Industries Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. It was a day filled with recognition, celebration, and a sense of pride for our work. As an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, we’ve been leading the charge for the  use of music in healthcare across the East Midlands and beyond. This event, hosted by King Charles III and Queen Camilla, highlighted the incredible contributions of the UK’s creative industries, with around 4,000 representatives from various sectors in attendance.

Among the attendees were notable figures like Louis Theroux, Tracey Emin, Ridley Scott, and Edward Enninful. The event was a vibrant tapestry of the UK’s cultural scene, celebrating those who enrich our cultural heritage.

Reflecting on the day, our CEO, Nick Cutts, shared his excitement: “Molly and I are thrilled to be representing OPUS at today’s Garden Party, celebrating the UK’s world-leading creative and cultural sectors. It is wonderful to have the value of our work recognized in this way. We are proudly attending, representing OPUS and our brilliant colleagues who continue working tirelessly to make our work so successful and impactful. We also carry thoughts of our amazing partners across the health and social care sectors who always give so much of themselves to support music-making. We shall raise a very fancy cake to you all!”

Nick’s words resonated with the importance of the occasion. He continued, “What a great occasion to celebrate the wonderful and rich array of creative and cultural talent we have in the United Kingdom. It was wonderful to see the recognition for individuals and organisations who bring health, happiness, and prosperity to every corner of the UK. I take from this event a renewed energy to drive forward our mission of championing music within health and social care, alongside a real pride for what we can achieve when we work hand-in-hand with our partners in healthcare. It was notable how much of a role music has played in the occasion today, providing a backdrop of comfort and celebration. It reminds me that music plays such an important part in most of our lives, and should continue to do so in sickness and in health.”

Molly Davies, our Marketing and Communications Manager, echoed this sentiment, expressing her gratitude for the invitation: “It was an honour to be invited to such a prestigious event. It was a beautifully sunny day to celebrate the creative industries, and wonderful that so many creatives had been invited. The royal band were a personal highlight providing a continual soundtrack to the day. Music is such a big part of what we do and it felt very poignant that the band played such an important role in today’s celebrations bringing joy and feeling to the festivities. We enjoyed the tea and cake, strolling through the beautifully kept Palace gardens, and chatting to HRH Camilla, the Queen of arts.”

The day at Buckingham Palace reaffirmed our dedication to using music as a powerful tool for enhancing well-being and quality of life. At OPUS Music, we’re committed to bringing the joy and healing power of music to healthcare settings across the East Midlands and beyond, offering community music for well-being sessions and training programmes for healthcare professionals, musicians, and carers.

Not your average Wednesday!

A series of photos from Buckingham palace