South West

Bristol-based arts organisation OpenUp Music was originally founded in 2007 as the MUSE project, and relaunched under its current name in 2014. With Youth Music’s support, OpenUp has helped to transform accessible music-making for young disabled people nationwide with its groundbreaking ‘Open Orchestras’ programme.

Barry Farrimond, OpenUp’s Chief Executive and Technical Director, spoke to us about how Youth Music has supported the organisation over the years.

Excerpts from an evaluation report of a Music Leader reflecting on his leadership and sharing style, his CPD, how young people respond and how he benefits.

Jake Perrett joined B Sharp as a young participant in 2007 (when B Sharp started) and progressed through its Young Leadership training programme until he left for University in 2013. He now works full time in the music industry. This is his testimony about how his experience in B Sharp helped him.

A powerful testimony that national education policy makers should hear.

Music Educator Annie Sheen reflects on her first 6 weeks within a Youth Work charity, and asks how she can make music the dominant language while at the same time continuing to support personal and social development? 

“Everyone a Musician” is an exciting new project happening now at Redcliffe Children’s Centre, Bristol, made possible by funding from Youth Music.
Its aim is to promote music within the Centre and community by providing expert training and education, quality performances and a lasting music legacy.
We believe that music is integral to learning and well-being and is the foundation that underpins our beautiful diverse society.
And it all starts with children.                                                                                                
By providing them with musical opportunities and skilled tutoring the heart of our city will sing.
Joseph Cooper - Music Coordinator

In Gloucestershire, The Music Works has been working with young people and teachers in two schools to co-create a music programme to use music as a coping strategy to improve mental well-being. The programme was specifically targeted to young people experiencing low- to medium- level mental health difficulties and who are believed to be at risk of self-harm. In this blog, one of the four music leaders, Misha Law, shares some of her learning and a few tips from her experience of the programme. In the next blog in this series in January 2018, project manager Anita Holford will share some of the overall learning about the programme, and the final evaluation report

This Event is aimed at PRU staff and other educational professionals working with vulnerable young people including NEETs, SEND, Music Leaders, Policy Makers and Funders.

The XLR Collective reflect on their Campaign Celebration and the past seven months of their course.


The Amber Music Project aims to create a music facility and programme at Ashley Court - a supported housing scheme for vulnerable young people in Devon. The project will give residents the opportunity to engage in the exploration and creation of music, as well as plenty of opportunities for self-expression and confidence building.