TURTLE OPERA IN OXFORD AT THE OGSTON MUSIC SCHOOL - ST. EDWARD'S SCHOOL, OXFORD (JAN - MARCH 2018) IS A MUSIC AND DRAMA CREATIVE PROJECT FOR CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER'S SYNDRONE/HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM, BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 14 YEARS OLD. TURTLE OPERA IS FREE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.
The Turtle Opera is a Turtle Key Arts partnership with English Touring Opera and the Royal College of Music in collaboration with The Faculty of Music Oxford University (Music in The Community Course) and Autism Family Support Oxfordshire and St Edward's School Oxford.
During nine Saturday workshops (2pm - 5pm) from 13th January to 17th March 2018, the group will gather to explore a variety of creative disciplines. The children will work with a professional composer and director to work as a team to create their own group performance of music and story which will culminate in a performance for friends and family on Saturday 17th March. The team will be supported by a project co-ordinator from Turtle Key Arts, a pastoral leader from Autism Family Support Oxfordshire and students from The Faculty of Music Oxford University.
“I don’t mean to be dramatic about it but Turtle Opera has completely changed our lives. Pascal walked out of the first session, and it was as if “Oh my god, it’s ok to be autistic”. For the first time in his life he picked up the phone and he now talks regularly to his grandparents in Australia. He is a changed child.” Mother of a participant.
TURTLE OPERA 2017 - BREAK TIME
Director : Oliver Campbell Smith
Composer: Richard Barnard
Pastoral Leader: Rachel Newsham (AFSO)
Project Co-ordinator : Kelly Bray (Turtle Key Arts)