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Playing music as part of a school or youth orchestra can be a truly life changing experience, encouraging children and young people to develop their talents and to experience teamwork, self-discipline, and individual expression. Unfortunately it is an experience that is closed to most disabled children and young people.
School orchestras are a very rare sight within special schools, there are very few youth ensembles that make provision for young disabled musicians and there is currently no national youth orchestra for those disabled by conventional musical instruments.
OpenUp (formally the MUSE Project) is a Community Interest Company with a simple mission – to open up orchestras and instruments to young disabled musicians. Whether that involves creating a musical instrument you can play with your eyes; providing tuition on an instrument you can control with your feet; or working with a school to help them establish their first school orchestra. OpenUp is there to help young disabled musicians to play a musical instrument, to develop their musicianship, and to experience the joy of performing as part of an orchestra for the very first time.