A little background on the spirit behind Hearts in Harmony

The charity is founded in memory of a wonderful, giving woman who was passionate about music, this charity will raise money in her honor – via music-focused events to help save lives, improve health, and contribute to sustainable healthcare for cardiac patients. We will provide grants for heart patients and their families for medical or living expenses and in-home cardiac care equipment. The grant application and allocation process will be carefully monitored in conjunction with London area hospitals.

We intend to build community awareness of heart disease, prevention and the newest medical advancements through community outreach, events, and corporate sponsorships.

A strong connection between music and the body

Science has shown that music has a physical effect on our body’s autonomic nervous system, which controls blood pressure and heartbeat; as well as the limbic system, which is responsible for feelings and emotions. A study in 2009 found that music helps reduce blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety in heart disease patients. Listening to music during your intense workout can release endorphins to boost your mood, increase endurance, and distract you from discomfort. In particular, classical music helps improve heart-rate variability, a measure of stress and resilience, while relaxing music leads to decreased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Music has now been used therapeutically for a number of diseases, including dementia, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cerebral ischemia. In a study of chronic pain sufferers, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found that listening to music helped patients experience less physical pain, as well as lower rates of depression; in a study of older people with dementia, scientists from the National Taipei College of Nursing found that playing background music during lunch significantly lowered both verbal and physical aggression.

Music can also have psychological benefits as well. The Journal of Positive Psychology found that upbeat music can have a positive effect on our wellbeing, lifting your mood and encouraging happiness and contentment. Students who take music classes in school are more likely to be successful and satisfied. A study of elementary school children discovered that those who took extra-curricular music classes developed a higher verbal IQ and visual abilities compared to those with no musical training.

How you can get involved

Hearts in Harmony will be hosting several exciting benefit concerts featuring well-known performers, with ticket revenue going directly to assist cardiac patients and their families. Auctions, dinners and other high profile fundraising opportunities, attended by celebrity guests, will assist in increasing upper level recognition. Corporate sponsorships of community athletic events will encourage involvement and awareness.

We need you! Please consider donating or volunteering your time to this worthy cause. For more information, visit our website.

Thank you!