In November 2008, Education & Outreach launched Kids' Classics, an initiative to bring interactive, educational music workshops to children in hospital on an ongoing basis. Musicians Gráinne Hope, Julie Maisel and Joe Csibi make monthly musical visits to the main children’s hospitals in Ireland: Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin; Beaumont Hospital, Children’s University Hospital Temple Street, Cork University Hospital and The National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght. Gráinne, Julie and Carol present workshops for those children who can leave their beds, and make ward visits to bring their music to those who cannot.
With Kids' Classics, Education & Outreach has found another approach toward our goal of bringing quality, engaging musical experiences to those who might otherwise not have access. The purpose of the project is to bring the joy and fun of music, with its many advantages for emotional and physical wellbeing, to children who are most in need of this positive interaction.
Thanks to support of the Community Foundation for Ireland, we have been able to expand the programme.
"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
Kindly supported by Universal Music