Learning Disabilities

In 2013 Abigail began devising Opera workshops for people with Learning Disabilities after Opera Holland Park's Inspire programme were approached by a day centre locally to see what they could offer. Abigail was working for a charity which led inclusive music making workshops for people of all abilities at the time, so was excited about bringing these skills to merge with her own love of Grand Opera!

She developed the OperaBytes programme which was an inroductory process to get to know all group participants individually, by listening to extracts from different Operas and building a group workshop around the findings and reactions of the initial sessions. Workshops included sensory input, singing, playing instruments, creating costumes and writing songs.

A sensory song writing project followed, which has led to the Mirrors project. To find out more about this you can watch the video below.