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What is it?

Open Orchestras supports Music Education Hubs, arts organisations and schools to create orchestras that are accessible to young disabled people. 

Our comprehensive package of resources and training provides everything you need to create your own Open Orchestras. 

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Instruments

Young people play all sorts of instruments in Open Orchestras – but for some, playing a conventional instrument is simply not possible.

Available exclusively through Open Orchestras, the “Clarion” is a new, easy to use accessible musical instrument that can be played independently with any part of the body, including the eyes.

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Repertoire

Finding musical repertoire that is accessible to young people with a range of additional support needs can be a huge challenge.

We’ve carefully re-worked music that enables young disabled people to participate in Open Orchestras whatever their needs and access requirements.

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Since launching the UK’s first Open Orchestras in 2013, we’ve been refining a pedagogical approach that is transferable and deliverable.

Our training and support will ensure that your workforce are confident in providing young disabled people with opportunities to play and perform as part of their very own Open Orchestra.

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Middlesbrough Town Hall
Heltwate School, Peterborough
Peterborough Music Hub
The Phoenix School, Peterborough
Peterborough Music Hub
Ridgeway Special School, Bedford
Music for Bedford Borough
Meadowgate Academy, Wisbech
Cambridgeshire Music
St Francis Special School, Lincoln
Lincolnshire Music Service
Riverbank Special School Academy, Coventry
Coventry Performing Arts
Hamilton Primary School, Birmingham
Services for Education
Woodlands School, Luton
Luton Music Service
Mapledown School, Golders Green
Barnet Education Arts Trust
Addington School, Reading
Berkshire Maestros
Whitefield Academy Trust, Walthamstow
Waltham Forest Music Education Hub
Marlborough School, Sidcup
Greenvale School, Catford
Lewisham Music
Mandeville School, Greenford
Ealing Music Service
Great Oaks School, Southampton
Southampton Music Education Hub
Linwood School, Bournemouth
SoundStorm
Wyvern Academy, Weymouth
Dorset Music Education Hub
Brannel School, St Austell
Cornwall Music Education Hub
Curnow School, Redruth
Cornwall Music Education Hub
Penryn College, Penryn
Cornwall Music Education Hub
WESC Foundation, Exeter
Devon Music Education Hub
Queen Elizabeth's School, Crediton
Exeter Deaf Academy
Devon Music Education Hub
Ellen Tinkham School, Exeter
Devon Music Education Hub
Woodlands School, Plymouth
Plymouth Music Education Hub
Selworthy Special School, Taunton
Sound Foundation Somerset
Elmwood Special School, Bridgwater
Sound Foundation Somerset
Bettridge School, Cheltenham
The Music Works
Rowdeford School, Devizes
Wiltshire Music Connect
Exeter House School, Salisbury
Wiltshire Music Connect
Arts Active, Cardiff
Sherbourne Fields School, Coventry
Coventry Performing Arts
Westfield Arts College, Weymouth
Dorset Music Education Hub
Three Ways School, Bath
Bath & North East Somerset Music Education Hub
The Meadows Sports College, Sandwell
SIPS Education
Chadsgrove School, Bromsgrove
Severn Arts
Merstone School, Solihull
Solihull Music Service
Fox Hollies School, Birmingham
Services for Education
Bamburgh School, South Shields
Gateshead and South Tyneside Music Education Hub
Hill Top Arts College, Gateshead
Gateshead and South Tyneside Music Education Hub
Richard Lander School, Truro
Cornwall Music Education Hub
Pencalenick School, Truro
Cornwall Music Education Hub
Victoria Education Centre, Poole
SoundStorm
Treloar's, Alton
Fosse Way School, Bath
Bath & North East Somerset Music Education Hub
Baytree School, Weston-super-Mare
North Somerset Music Service
Claremont School, Bristol
Bristol Plays Music
Briarwood School, Bristol
Bristol Plays Music
New Fosseway School, Bristol
Bristol Plays Music
Kingsweston School, Bristol
Bristol Plays Music
Culverhill School
South Gloucestershire Music Education Hub
New Siblands School
South Gloucestershire Music Education Hub
St Rose's School, Stroud

Community

Music Education Hubs, schools and arts organisations deliver Open Orchestras all over the country, creating a community of practice that reaches from Truro to Tyneside!

If you want to increase musical access for all children and young people and are interested in becoming part of the Open Orchestras community, click the button below to get in touch.

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Awards

Open Orchestras is brought to you by OpenUp Music, a charity that empowers young disabled musicians to build inclusive youth orchestras. Our programmes have received a range of prestigious awards…