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Magical Journeys

Music and visual art workshops in children’s hospitals in London, as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s hospitals programme.

English Touring Opera was delighted to take part in the National Portrait Gallery’s Magical Journeys project in February.

Magical Journeys provides much needed arts activity during school holidays when the hospital school is shut and activity for the young people is limited. Workshops are delivered during the summer holidays and throughout the year during winter, Easter and half-term holidays. Artists, musicians, poets, authors and storytellers lead creative art workshops to inspire young people‚Äôs creativity and explore the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.

Magical Journeys provides valuable respite for the young people in hospital whilst focussing on developing creativity and art skills to encourage their continued development at a time when their schooling is often disrupted. The project engages both short and long stay patients from all over the world and also provides activity for siblings and respite for parents who are able to take some time out. The flexibility of the sessions and skills of the artists ensure the activity can work on a range of levels and engage all ages.

This year’s theme is children’s authors, and ETO used C.S.Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to spark children’s imaginations about what kind of world they might find through their own magical wardrobe. Patients and siblings between the ages of 3 and 16 took part in drawing and designing their own magical worlds, and then depicted them in music with our composer, Paul Griffiths, assisted by a trainee animateur from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama or Royal Academy of Music. Children’s worlds included appearances of a wolf man, a king jealously guarding his fruit trees from the upside down goblins, Afghanistan winning the cricket world cup and a herd of mischievous misshapen teapots…

For more information about the Magical Journeys project, click here.

Showing At

  1. Great Ormond Street Hospital
    17th Feb 2015 - 10:00 am
  2. Evelina London Children's Hospital
    18th Feb 2015 - 10:00 am
  3. Royal London Hospital
    19th Feb 2015 - 1:00 pm
  1. Great Ormond Street Hospital — 17th Feb 2015 - 10:00 am

    Great Ormond Street, London, WC1N 3JH

  2. Evelina London Children's Hospital — 18th Feb 2015 - 10:00 am

    Saint Thomas's Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7EH

  3. Royal London Hospital — 19th Feb 2015 - 1:00 pm

    Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BB

Showing At

  1. Great Ormond Street Hospital
    17th Feb 2015 - 10:00 am
  2. Evelina London Children's Hospital
    18th Feb 2015 - 10:00 am
  3. Royal London Hospital
    19th Feb 2015 - 1:00 pm

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