Aisling Holmes is a Music and Health Apprentice for 2015-2016 with practice based at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, Royal Derby Hospital.
Aisling has been playing violin for many years, with a background of various types of folk music at home and a more formal classical training at school. She performs at events around the country with the ceilidh band Trinculo and as a dancer and musician with Pecsaetan Morris, as well as being involved in various sessions and events around Sheffield’s vibrant folk scene.
For several years Aisling worked as a class teacher in primary schools, and has taught music across the whole school. She particularly enjoyed seeing children’s (and even colleagues’) confidence grow when they realised they really could make music themselves. More recently she has run music classes for preschool children and their parents, with an emphasis on having fun together.
Aisling also plays English bagpipes and has recently established a piping group in Sheffield.
“I have been interested for many years in the use of music with vulnerable groups, and was inspired by the five day training I completed with OPUS. I am looking forward to exploring this practice in more depth and to making music in this challenging environment. It is a real privilege to be working alongside the OPUS team and I am very excited about this new stage of my musical career.”