Wednesday 7 April 2021

Turtle Opera: music and drama for children on the autism spectrum

Turtle Opera: music and drama for children on the autism spectrum

Turtle Opera, a music and drama creative project for children on the autism spectrum, is holding a free workshop series from April to June 2021. The Saturday workshops will initially be held on Zoom, and then move to Ogston Music School – St Edward’s School, Oxford, and they will allow the children to create their own group performance of music and story.

The workshops are support participants to reduce social isolation, improve communication skills, increase confidence and self-esteem, as well as to enjoy the creative process. By taking part in the Turtle Opera activities, the children will gain a sense of achievement through seeing their work valued publicly with a live group performance for friends and family.

Participants aged 12-16 explore a variety of creative disciplines, working with a professional composer and director, and  supported by a project coordinator from Turtle Key Arts and a pastoral leader from Autism Family Support Oxfordshire, and the project is also supported by students from The Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, enhancing the professional development of the students.

Turtle Opera Oxford 2021 is a Turtle Key Arts partnership with English Touring Opera, in collaboration with The Faculty of Music, Oxford University (Music in the Community course), Autism Family Support Oxfordshire and St Edward’s School, Oxford. Turtle Key Arts is a UK registered charity that provides access to the arts to disabled, disadvantaged and socially excluded people, and those that otherwise wouldn’t necessarily get the opportunity.

Further information from the Turtle Key Arts website.

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