Media Release 20 October 2015
Evaluation shows Positive Results for National Concert Hall’s Music Programme for Children in HospitalThe findings of an independent report commissioned by the National Concert Hall and The Community Foundation for Ireland are being launched today, 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.
"We are delighted with these findings” says Nigel Flegg, Head of Education, Community and Outreach at the National Concert Hall. “They demonstrate the efficacy and value of the programme, and are a testament to the great work of the Kids’ Classics team. We are very grateful to our partners in the eight centres in which we now operate. In Dublin we deliver programmes in Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght, and Beaumont hospitals, and the LauraLynn Hospice, and we have recently extended the programme to Drogheda, Limerick and Cork. We are committed to achieving our ultimate goal that every sick child in Ireland should have the opportunity to benefit from musical interaction, performance, and learning.”
Tina Roche, CEO of The Community Foundation for Ireland, says: “We are most grateful to the family who has invested more than €100,000 through us in the Kids’ Classics programme over the last six years. This fund demonstrates the power of philanthropy to connect people who care with causes that matter. From personal experience of time spent in Crumlin Children’s Hospital as a child, our donor could see the value of involving sick children in music. It is clear from the programme evaluation that music reduces anxiety and stress, not only for children in hospital, but also for their community of carers. This significantly improves the well-being and treatment of hospitalised children. We hope that music therapy will be embedded in the new strategy for the National Children’s Hospital.”
This evaluation study was carried out during 2015 in order to capture and assess evidence of the impact of Kids’ Classics music activities at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC) in Dublin. The project team included evaluation consultant Dr Anneli Haake (co-principal investigator from April 2015), Carol Hilliard (co-principal investigator) and Deirdre Fullerton (co-principal investigator January-March 2015). A Steering Group was established which comprised of Helen Beatty (The Community Foundation for Ireland), Nigel Flegg (NCH), Carol Hilliard (OLCHC), and Gráinne Hope (Kids’ Classics).
Kids’ Classics was set up in 2009 by professional cellist Gráinne Hope with a view to taking music off the concert stage and into the local communities through professionally tailored music workshops. Its core mission is to provide access to high quality participative music and creative performance opportunities to everyone in society regardless of their social, economic or medical circumstances. The Kids’ Classics team is made up of Gráinne Hope (voice, cello), Liam Merriman (guitar, voice), Dr Julie Maisel (flute, voice) and David Hope (guitar, voice).
Music in Children’s Hospitals – Kids’ Classics is funded by The Community Foundation for Ireland, Brackaville Investments, Michael O’Brien, The Lauritzson Foundation and the National Concert Hall.
For further information please contact Jenny Costello, Marketing Department, National Concert Hall. Tel: 01-4170084, Jenny.Costello@nch.ie
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