Patients and visitors at Hexham General Hospital enjoyed a live concert last week as the hospital joined celebrations across the country to mark the birthday of the NHS.

Hexham Male Voice Choir performed in the atrium, outside the hospital volunteer shop and café, last Wednesday as part of the celebrations.

People came together to mark the founding of the NHS on July 5, 1948, and raised funds to support charities that work with the health service.

The concert supported Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright charity, which funds a variety of projects and equipment which have the aim to provide the extras which help to ensure patients have the best experience possible.

It was the choir’s first performance at the hospital and featured numbers from its diverse repertoire, including traditional male voice pieces, songs from the stage musicals and popular music.

Stephen Redhead, chairman of the choir, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the celebrations, as it happens our choir was formed in 1948 – the same year that the NHS was created.

“We have not performed at the hospital before and this will give us the opportunity to promote the increasingly recognised therapeutic values of music and singing.”