The next HOP event is an annual Christmas celebration on Wednesday 6 December. It will include ward visits, where WASO musicians visit individual children and play music for them, and a one-hour concert in the Telethon Theatre at 11.00am.
This concert will feature vocalist Libby Hammer, WASO’s Education Chamber Orchestra(EChO) and The WASO Chorus all performing well-known Chrstmas carols, and will be broadcastthroughout the hospital on Starlight TV.
“It was amazing and very engaging. Also as a mum in a stressful situation it made my heartfloat for a while." – Parent attending a previous HOP performance.
Hospital Orchestra Project (HOP) is a program by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, which presents a broad range of performances and participatory music experiences for children and their families at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.
HOP is tailored to the needs of the children and families at PMH, and is presented by Healthway,promoting the Act-Belong-Commit positive mental health message. The program provides vitalemotionally supportive experiences, a connection to the community outside the hospital,and access to the arts, through a broad range of performance and participatory music programs.
“The PCH Foundation is proud to support WASO’s HOP Christmas concert as part of itssponsorship of the overall PMH Arts & Health program,” said Belinda Cobby, Art Curator and ArtProgram Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Health Service. “It’s important that the we providethese creative activities that make a child or parents stay in hospital more comfortable, as well asbuilding a positive environment for the entire hospital community of staff, patients and families.”
Healthway’s Acting Executive Director, Maree De Lacey said: “We are thrilled to be partnering withWASO to bring HOP to the children and families at PMH. Participating in HOP is a fantasic way tohelp protect and strengthen your mental health and wellbeing, an and also further your interest andparticipation in music.”