Open Strings Music for Organisations
What is Open Strings Music?
Open Strings Music is a Brighton-based organisation whose primary aim is to promote wellbeing by enabling the transformative experience of making music together. We provide participatory music opportunities for marginalised groups, running projects for people to connect and create through music.
What we offer
We offer one-off and longer-term group music-making opportunities for between six and twelve people using bowed stringed instruments: violin, viola & cello. No previous musical experience (or music reading) is necessary, as the emphasis is on creating as a group: every piece is unique.
High-quality instruments are provided, and presented in such a way that people can start playing together straightaway. We aim to provide a supportive environment where participants are encouraged to bring and develop their own ideas as sessions progress, helping to promote creativity and independence.
The potential benefits of participation include increased wellbeing, confidence, self-expression, cognitive stimulation, and a real sense of community through playing and creating music; the sessions help enable interpersonal communication and can lead to ongoing skills development, through our own activities and signposting to others.
The sessions are usually 2 hours long (dependent on group requirements).
It was wonderful to see L play the cello – he was completely lost in it.
Anne, support worker, Rose Cottage
Isabel is an experienced musician, whose gentle patience encourages and uplifts everyone in the group. I have been so impressed with how fast the group progresses, and with the beautiful sounds they make together.
Jackie Duncan, Community Engagement Worker, Age UK Brighton
Having the cellists there [at our volunteers’ tea party] was such a wonderful asset! They allowed some of the volunteers to have a go and showed them the basics – it was a very special morning.
Phily Kennington, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Brighthelm
Contact us if you’d like to discuss how Open Strings Music could work with your organisation.
We provide high-quality musical experiences for our participants, which means we need high-quality instruments, strings and bows. Can you help us supply these? If you would like to support our work, please click on the donate button below: thank you very much.