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Music in Children's Hospitals

Kids' Classics

Kids' Classics

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.

"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

The findings of an independent report commissioned by the National Concert Hall and The Community Foundation for Ireland were launch on Tuesday 20 October at the National Concert Hall. The report evaluates the impact of a programme of live music in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, delivered by the professional musicians of Kids’ Classics on behalf of the National Concert Hall.

Entitled ‘The Bare Necessities of Life: Reactions to Kids’ Classics Live Music in a Children’s Hospital in Ireland’, the results of the programme show that music:

  • Distracted children from their illness.
  • Enhanced children’s relaxation.
  • Provided stimulation and learning opportunities.
  • Improved the atmosphere on the ward.
Kids’ Classics comprises a team of musicians who are trained in the delivery of music in healthcare settings. Through them, the National Concert Hall has been providing a programme of music in children’s hospitals since 2009.

Read the Evaluation Report here

Kids’ Classics is supported by the Community Foundation for Ireland, Brackaville Investments, Michael O’Brien and the Lauritzson Foundation Ltd.