We are proud of our activities in the healthcare sector, and we are constantly striving to increase our reach in this area. Our activities are geared towards enriching the lives of those suffering from long-term health conditions, enhancing the musical experience of those unable to attend, and promoting both on-site and off-site activities for special education needs (SEN) groups.
To date, our activities have brought musicians and music programmes into all parts of the country, and in a wide variety of settings.
Kids’ Classics brings music out from the National Concert Hall and into Ireland’s children’s hospitals. The programme offers distraction and relaxation for young patients undergoing stressful treatment, and helps to improve the quality of life for patients, families and staff.
By providing regular workshops and ward visits, Kids’ Classics brings a musical component and live music experience into a healthcare setting, where it had previously not existed.
Kids’ Classics is supported by the Community Foundation for Ireland, Brackaville Investments, and Michael O’Brien.
"One of the striking aspects of this new series of music workshops in children’s hospitals is how the children of different ages are relaxed by the encounter with real classical musical instruments and the musicians."
Sylvia Thompson, The Irish Times
Health and Harmony
Health & Harmony is an outreach music programme specially developed to meet the needs of those individuals and their families living with dementia. In partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, this programme brings professional musicians into nursing homes and care settings around Ireland for bi-monthly performances, enhancing the quality of life for over 200 patients, careers and their families.
Playing familiar songs and pieces, our musicians engage with the audience on an informal and personal level, and everyone is encouraged to join in.
We know this programme makes a difference – we ran an evaluation of our work last year which you can read about here.
Music in Mind
We believe in the benefits of music participation for people with mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. Music in Mind is a new initiative for 2015 designed to bring music participation to people with such concerns. In partnership with Mental Health Ireland, the programme provides percussion and choir workshops to inpatients in mental healthcare facilities, and to clients of support centres in Dublin and beyond.
St. Declan’s School
St. Declan’s School is a school for children with behavioural and emotional difficulties. The work of the National Concert Hall here involves engaging the talents of sound artist and composer Slavek Kwi. Slavek visits the school on a weekly basis and works with children, some of whom have complex developmental difficulties including communication/speech and language difficulties, emotional/behavioural difficulties, ADHD and Aspergers’ Syndrome.
Slavek’s particular expertise focuses on the development of children’s communication skills through the medium of music, enabling them to give a creative response through music/sound making.
"The children have mild emotional and/or behavioural difficulties and their weekly encounter with musical instruments in this free style environment gives them a chance to express themselves and communicate with each other outside of verbal language…Music gives them a different way of listening." Slavek Kwi for The Irish Times Health Plus
AfriKaa! is a multi-sensory installation and experimental concert by Slavek Kwi. Designed for and dedicated to children with autism, the sound journey allows children to move freely through the rich soundscape of South Africa's Limpopo Valley.
Experience the wonder of the waterholes and riparian woodland, where hippos, crocodiles, leopards and bat-eared foxes may appear at any moment. Feel the march of many tiny feet. The tribal gathering is here!
National Rehabilitation Hospital
Pursuing our mission to provide music to those unable to attend the National Concert Hall, the ECO programme provides monthly music workshops, concert performances and ward visits facilitated by a dedicated team of professional musicians in the National Rehabilitation Hospital.
The National Rehabilitation Hospital provides a comprehensive range of specialist rehabilitation services to patients who have acquired a physical or cognitive disability and who require specialist medical rehabilitation.