Open Academy: for everyone

Working in partnership with Music Hubs, charities and cultural partners, bespoke projects are designed to inspire, empower, challenge and support learning and development, with a particular focus on connecting with people that don’t normally access live music. Participants achieve things that they maybe never thought they could be capable of, and develop confidence in expressing their own individual creative voice.

Open Academy works alongside Music Hubs in Camden, Haringey, the Tri-borough (Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham) and Tower Hamlets to support and enrich the music education received by children and young people living in these areas. We also work alongside cultural partners including Wigmore Hall, Spitalfields Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Touring Opera, English National Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Opera to deliver projects that are able to go beyond what any one organisation could achieve alone.

Music and Dementia

Head of Open Academy, Julian West, has a particular knowledge and interest in the potential of working co-creatively with the arts to enhance the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Students have the possibility of developing their knowledge in this area of work and participating in Wigmore Hall’s ground-breaking Music for Life projects. Students also regularly give public concerts that are inclusive of people living with dementia.

‘Every week we were welcomed with genuine warmth and a sense of belonging. Every one of them has an awareness and great insight into how to bring out the best in the people they are engaging with. It is because they are so in tune with each other that one feels and responds to the positive and caring energy, that they all bring to the group. Each and every one of them is without fail dedicated to a project they believe in and hence its success. It was fascinating to watch their responses and impact of what was being generated in the sessions of the musicians. We feel extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to be part of this memorable unique ‘Music for Thought Project’. Project participant