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What is it?

Open Orchestras is behind the largest community of inclusive ensembles in the UK, in partnership with Music Education Hubs and special schools. With our award-winning programme, learning an instrument and playing with others independently, expressively and in real time becomes accessible to all young disabled people.
You’ll get everything you need to succeed: digital training and mentoring, musical resources, CPD, access to the award-winning Clarion™ – an instrument that can be played with any movement of the body. There’s also an amazing community to support you!

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Access to Clarion™

Young people play a mix of acoustic and accessible and electronic in Open Orchestras. Through the programme, you will get exclusive access to Clarion, an accessible instrument that removes the barriers often associated with traditional instruments. There’s no need to bow, pluck or blow it!

Available on iPad or PC, Clarion can be played using mouse of finger touch, but also head movement or eye movement.

It has won multiple awards over the years, including the 2020 Tech4Good Accessibility Award.

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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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CPD

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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Beaumont Hill Academy
Durham Music Service
Merefield School
Live Music Now
Mayfield School
Services for Education Music
Baginton Fields School
Coventry Music Hub
Wilson Stuart School
Rosehill School
Nottingham Music Hub
Ash Field Academy
Leicestershire Music
St Andrew's Academy
Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership
Ivy House School
Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership
Windmill Hill School
Luton Music Service
Marlborough School
The Bridge Primary School
Music Education Islington
Sherwood Park School
Sutton Music Service
Drumbeat School
Lewisham Music
Beatrice Tate School
THAMES Music
Perseid Upper School
Merton Music Foundation
Bromley Youth Music Trust
Bromley Youth Music Trust
Lindon Bennett
Hounslow Music Service
Ickburgh School
Hackney Music Service
The Wyvern School
Kent Music
Bettridge School
Wyvern Academy
Dorset Music Service
Polden Bower School
Sound Foundation Somerset
Nancealverne School
ASONE Perform CIC
Ty Gwyn Special School
Arts Active
Riverbank School
Arts Active
Trinity Fields School
Alfreton Park Community Special School
Derbyshire Music Partnership
Richard Cloudesley School
Music Education Islington
Oaklands School
Hounslow Music Service
Regency High School
Severn Arts
Middlesbrough Open Orchestra
Middlesbrough Town Hall
Ridgeway Special School, Bedford
Music for Bedford Borough
Hamilton Primary School, Birmingham
Services for Education
Woodlands School, Luton
Luton Music Service
Greenvale School, Catford
Lewisham Music
Linwood School, Bournemouth
SoundStorm
Brannel School, St Austell
Cornwall Music Education Hub
Curnow School, Redruth
Cornwall Music Education Hub
Mountjoy School
Dorset Music Service
Woodlands School, Plymouth
Plymouth Music Education Hub
Westfield Arts College, Weymouth
Dorset Music Education Hub
Three Ways School, Bath
Bath & North East Somerset Music Education Hub
The Meadows School
SIPS Music & Arts Service
Chadsgrove School, Bromsgrove
Severn Arts
Merstone School, Solihull
Solihull Music Service
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
Claremont School, Bristol
Bristol Plays Music
Briarwood School, Bristol
Bristol Plays Music
Kingsweston School, Bristol
Bristol Plays Music
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 Open Up Music, a charity that empowers young disabled musicians to build inclusive youth orchestras. Our programmes have received a range of prestigious awards…