It has always been an aspiration of the National Opera House to have an Education & Community Programme. This inspired us to develop a programme of interactive, informative and entertaining artistic events for people of all ages – from early years to later years, which would engage people of all ages with the Arts so they could avail of the many benefits that participating in the Arts can bring to someone’s life and community.
The National Opera House Education & Community Programme has been years in the making and in April 2021, the National Opera House was finally able to embark on its first dedicated Education & Community Programme, thanks to the generous funding from Wexford Leader Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas. In addition, further funding was secured for specific arts projects through Wexford County Council Arts Office, Wexford County Council/Age Friendly Wexford and Wexford County Council/Creative Ireland. This enabled us to implement a cohesive programme of events which reflected our ambition to host events in the National Opera House as well as go out and work with people in their own communities across County Wexford.
We have been fortunate to attract an exceptional resource of talented musicians to facilitate these events, all who possess a great deal of experience in Arts & Education work. They include, Anita Vedres, Malachy Robinson, Síle Daly, Deirdre O’Leary, Elizabeth Drwal, Aileen Donohue, Peter McCamley, Ross Scanlon, Susan Doyle, Aura Stone and Kelli-Ann Masterson. Full details on each of the musicians are here.