Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Launch of ENO Breathe with partnership between ENO and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

ENO Breathe lullaby filming -  ENO Orchestra, Soraya Mafi  - (Photo Karla Gowlett, courtesy of ENO)
ENO Breathe lullaby filming -  ENO Orchestra, Soraya Mafi  - (Photo Karla Gowlett, courtesy of ENO)


Having run a successful six-week pilot, English National Opera (ENO) is rolling out ENO Breathe. The new programme is a partnership between ENO and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, it is an integrated social prescribing programme of singing, breathing and wellbeing, breaking new ground as the first of its kind created to provide crucial support to people recovering from COVID-19.

Led by Baylis, ENO’s learning and participation programme, ENO Breathe uses weekly group online sessions and digital resources to empower participants with tools and techniques to help them focus constructively on their breathing. The programme focuses on breathing retraining through singing, using lullabies as its musical starting point. 

Traditional lullabies cross boundaries of culture, are accessible to all and their very purpose is to calm. Led by professional singing specialists, participants learn breathing and singing exercises, using an approach that mirrors techniques employed by opera singers who achieve the physical coordination required for singing via emotional connection and imagery, rather than by giving their bodies explicit physiological instructions. Participants are then equipped with exercises to practice these techniques in their own time, aided by online resources specifically designed to support their progress.

Further information from the ENO website.

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