Weekly at Middlesbrough Town Hall
The Middlesbrough Open Orchestra is a music programme which enables students with SEND to learn a musical instrument and play in an orchestra, in the same way as their non-disabled peers. Middlesbrough Town Hall currently hosts the only Open Orchestra in the North of England.
Open Orchestras was created in 2013 to address a lack of ensemble musical provision in Special schools. Originally piloted at six schools in the South-West during 2013-15, Open Orchestras has been carefully developed through participatory design with young disabled musicians, teachers and music leaders. It’s an award-winning, game-changing programme that provides everything needed – instruments, repertoire and training, to empower Music Hubs, arts organisations and Special schools across the UK to set up and run their own orchestra sustainably, just like mainstreams schools do. You can find out more about Open Orchestras on their website.
How to join
If you’re part of a special school and would like to find out more, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.