Open Academy, our community and participation department, works with around 6,000 people beyond our enrolled students and staff each year.

'I’ve learnt so much about the transformative power of music. Whether you’re 5, 25 or 95, music can break down barriers and forge connections'
Open Academy Fellow

As the importance of participatory and community music programmes continues to grow both in the UK and internationally, it is crucial that our students have the opportunity to obtain skills and experience in this exciting and expanding area of work. Open Academy electives are available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, offering seminars and workshops alongside hands-on experience in the field. We also offer fellowships to graduating students who will be the future leaders of this work.

Working closely with our artistic and community partners, our projects include workshops with children and young people in mainstream schools and SEND (special educational needs and disability) settings, disabled people, those receiving treatment in hospitals, residents and staff of care homes, and people attending day centres.

Through Open Academy you will not only develop your musicianship, skills and confidence, but also make connections with people from all walks of life and reflect upon the contribution you can make to society through your artistry.

Our artistic partners

Wigmore Hall
Glyndebourne Opera
English National Opera
English Touring Opera
Spitalfields Music
City of London Sinfonia
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Our community partners

Camden Music Hub
Tri-borough Music Hub
Resonate Arts
Royal London Hospital
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
City Lit
Awards for Young Musicians
The Connection at St Martins