Egyptian conductor Nader Abbassi inaugurates the Centre for Art and Music Therapy at 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Jan 2022

This week, Egyptian conductor and composer Nader Abbassi inaugurated the Center for Art and Music Therapy at the 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital, stressing the importance of music therapy in combatting the illness.

Cancer hospital
(Photo: Culture Bridge Facebook page)

Maestro Abbassi inaugurated the Department of Creativity and Entertainment with Amani Ibrahim, the director of the department. The department includes teaching drawing, music, yoga, and other arts.

As revealed in the release provided by the Culture Bridge Facebook page, “Sherif Abul-Naga, the CEO and founder of the hospital, received the delegation of musicians led by maestro Nader Abbasi with the aim of visiting all departments, the sick children, drawing joy on their faces, and celebrating together the start of supporting them and their families psychologically in the fight against the disease that takes years to treat.”

“Abbassi praised the hospital’s efforts in providing world class treatment and stressed that music therapy is an important educational matter and expressed his willingness to provide scientific support and expertise to teach in the hospital how to play musical instruments,” the statement said.

“He indicated that he will participate in setting the mechanism and criteria for applying science to the music therapy department, especially since culture and art are not part of the education in all levels of society.”

During the inauguration, an illustrative film was shown demonstrating the hospital’s services and the various treatment methods, including the art therapy workshop, which is based on improving the psychological state and integrating sick children into art and drawing. 

Abbassi is one of the best known Egyptian orchestral and operatic conductors, with a portfolio also boasting achievements as a singer, bassoonist, and composer.

Between 2002 and 2011, Abbassi was the artistic director and principal conductor of the Cairo Opera Orchestra. He has been conducting numerous orchestras in Egypt, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Mexico, and others.

His most recent project was conducting the Royal Mummies’ Parade in Cairo in April 2021, a largescale event that was livestreamed globally. 

The 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital in Egypt is the largest pediatric oncology hospital in the world and treats almost half of the cancer cases in children in Egypt.

The hospital provides free of charge treatment, drawing its funds mainly from donations. 

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