Opera and Wellbeing in the Community

Garsington Opera is delighted to present a programme of new Opera and Wellbeing initiatives for their 2015 Education Programme. Working with the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and linking in with an Adult Chorus drawn from all levels of the local community, the Garsington Opera Education Team aims to demonstrate the benefits for wellbeing of the arts, as well as encouraging participation from those unable to engage with the arts easily as a result of difficult circumstances. On Saturday 22 November, for the first time ever, Garsington Opera Education invites patients and staff of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville to work with Garsington Opera Education in a morning workshop, linking the genre of opera with wellbeing of the mind and body. Led by Karen Gillingham and Lea Cornthwaite, the drama and singing workshop will be inspired by John Browne’s A Nightingale Sang, a reflection of Florence Nightingale as a pioneering nurse and social reformer, chosen to express the experience of both patients and staff at Stoke Mandeville. Through performance, breathing and posture exercises, Garsington Opera hopes to demonstrate how opera and the joy of singing can promote and improve both physical and mental wellbeing. In the afternoon, the Garsington Opera Community Chorus will perform John Browne’s A Nightingale Sang in the NSIC Foyer at Stoke Mandeville Hospital with those attending the morning workshop integrated into the performance.

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If you would like to find out about taking part, please contact GO's Education Manager Vicky Hope-Walker. A Nightingale Sings by John Browne was commissioned by the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, with funds from ACE and PRSF