English Touring Opera Limited

Music Projects for Children

ETO's award-winning Learning and Participation Programme transforms thousands of children's lives each year, making them more happy, united and successful. Your support will deliver new live and digital creative learning projects, never more needed to serve and support more children across London.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 June 2021 to 12:00 PM, 22 June 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (279354)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom


The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on children’s mental health, wellbeing, learning and happiness. Music's transformative benefits for children's confidence, wellbeing and education are important in tackling this. However, thousands are denied creative experiences as 68% of primary school teachers report 'music provision is being reduced', and 'extra-curricular activities are no longer taking place in 72% of primary schools' compounding the 21% cut in music provision in state schools.


ETO will create four new bespoke operas for children and young people with SEND, bringing participatory music, up-close interactive story-telling, multi-sensory elements and cross-curricular learning resources into schools across London and the UK. ETO will create two new series of digital workshops for children with SEND, exploring Makaton signing, breathing, movement and singing, in a fun creative session that breaks down accessibility barriers, reaching thousands of children directly at home.

  • ‘It was awe-inspiring…the children were open-mouthed with the whole experience.’

    — Teacher

  • ’It was the best thing I have ever seen.’

    — Pupil, aged 9

  • ‘Children gained an experience many of them may never have had which opened up their minds to opportunities and dreams.’

    — Teacher

  • 'These sessions gave [him] hope and inspiration.'

    — Parent, child with SEND