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His salvation, he says, was a piece by Bach that offered him hope when he most needed it. Now, the acclaimed concert pianist is re-entering an unnamed institution to meet four patients and play them a piece he feels might penetrate their respective trauma and give them, if nothing else, a new perspective on life and their condition.
These are people who have been through unimaginable torment but, as Rhodes prompts them gently, they open up to him and his empathetic performances with very moving results. In an age of austerity, this sort of showcase for a supposedly fringe concern like music therapy is invaluable – and in Rhodes it has a powerful and persuasive advocate.