Supporting our Education work

Supporting our Education work

Participating in opera-based projects can have a life-changing effect on the participants, whatever their age. Each year our award-winning education department engages thousands of people as audiences, performers and creators. Many are experiencing the power of story-telling through music for the first time.

Current & recent projects include:

  • Shackleton’s Cat – A new opera for children aged 7 to 11, celebrating the centenary of Shackleton’s polar expedition. Shackleton’s Cat toured schools and libraries across the country, aiming to introduce over 8,000 young people to the power of live opera. To find out more about our operas for young audiences, you can watch our previous production, Laika the Spacedog, here
  • SEN Opera – In spring 2015 we created and toured a new multi-sensory opera, Waxwings, for children with profound learning disabilities. To find out more about this important part of our work, click here
  • Turtle Song – In partnership with Turtle Key Arts, we will be running arts-based workshops which improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. To find out more, please click here

Whether you are able to donate £10 or £10,000, we guarantee that every pound of your support will work extremely hard to provide potentially life-changing experiences for thousands of people nationwide.

To make a donation to support ETO’s education work, please click here:

For more information on upcoming Education projects and to find out more about how you can help, please contact Kate Eberwein, Head of Development on 0207 833 2555, or email kate.eberwein@englishtouringopera.org.uk

Supporting ETO’s Education work in your Will

Once you have looked after your loved ones, leaving a gift in your Will is a fantastic way to support your favourite charities.

Each year our education department engages thousands of people of all ages with opera-based projects, many of whom are experiencing opera for the first time. Our projects work with people as performers, creators and audiences to provide potentially life-changing experiences.

Regular projects include:

  • Touring educational operas into schools to introduce over 8,000 young people to opera each year.
  • Creating and touring multi-sensory operas for children with profound learning disabilities.
  • Running arts-based workshops which improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.
  • Working in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and schools in London to create short pieces based on the portraits in the gallery
  • Creating large-scale community operas that engage entire communities with live opera

Our education work is not funded from our Arts Council grant. Therefore, these projects are only possible if we can raise the full cost from generous individuals and organisations.

When leaving a gift in your Will, you can choose how the charity uses that gift. There are lots of different ways you might choose to support our education work. For example, you might like to sponsor a new opera for schools, which will introduce thousands of young people to opera. Alternatively, you might like your legacy to be used over a longer period of time, supporting a project over a number of years.

For every project we deliver, there are many more we are unable to complete due to lack of resources. You may like to use your gift to underwrite projects such as this, enabling them to get off the ground whilst we secure the necessary funding.

However you choose to support us in your Will, we would like to talk to you about your wishes, to ensure your legacy provides a fitting tribute. We also want to make sure you are properly thanked, and that your gift is remembered for many years to come.

Why not take a moment to think about what kind of education you would support, if you were leaving a gift to ETO. Would it be for children or older people? Would you sponsor the whole project in one year, or spread your support over a number of years? How would you like your support to be credited? We would love to hear your ideas.

To discuss leaving a legacy to ETO, please contact Kate Eberwein, Head of Development on 0207 833 2555, or email kate.eberwein@englishtouringopera.org.uk

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