Radio Horton brings Fairport to patients

By Sarah Edwards at

Patients at Banbury’s Horton Hospital were able to tune in to this year’s Cropredy’s Fairport Convention music festival, thanks to the hospital’s radio station, Radio Horton.

Content and exclusive interviews were broadcast to patients across the weekend which saw a variety of performances including headliners, The Divine Comedy, Richard Thompson and Petula Clark.

Radio Horton had exclusive back-stage access to the family-friendly festival and joined official media partners including BBC Oxford in providing coverage of the event.

Significant planning and preparation took place in the weeks leading up to the festival, which attracts an audience of 20,000. A team of volunteers from Radio Horton set-down in the village of Cropredy to broadcast a taster of the atmosphere to those in hospital and otherwise unable to be there.

Lisa Simmons, Radio Horton volunteer said: “With Fairport Convention celebrating its 50th birthday this year there was a special buzz around this year’s festival, both in the main field and backstage among the artists.”

“It was a privilege for Radio Horton to have backstage access – a first for the station, which helped give the patients at the hospital a unique insight into the event. I was able to do two live phone-ins to the station during the festival to update patients and listeners as to what was happening each day.”

The hospital radio station is creating a podcast of its coverage from the three-day folk and rock festival which will be rebroadcast on the station in the coming weeks, and featured interviews will also be available on demand from the station’s website.