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Disabled musicians can now apply to audition for the National Open Youth Orchestra

Launched in 2018 to provide a progression route for some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians aged 11 to 25, the National Open Youth Opera is a pioneering inclusive national orchestra that offers unprecedented training for disabled musicians. Applications for an audition are now until 31st March 2019.

This year, the National Open Youth Opera will be training disabled musicians in three locations: Bristol, Bournemouth and London.

The London Training Centre is seeking musicians who play or are interested in learning the Clarion, which includes young people who already use assistive technology or a communication aid (such as an EyeGaze computer) to a standard that could translate to playing the Clarion. They’re also interested in hearing from young musicians who play strings, woodwind or brass instruments.

In Bristol, they’re looking for musicians on strings, woodwind, guitar, brass instruments or live electronic instruments (including the Clarion). They’re particularly keen to hear from bass players.

In Bournemouth, they’re looking for musicians on acoustic instruments. For more information and to apply by 31st March 2019, visit the National Open Youth Opera’s website.

Those wanting to find out more can attend a National Open Youth Opera taster session on 16 March 2019, 11am till 1pm at the Barbican Centre (Fountain Room), Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS. To book, please contact: creative.learning@barbican.org.uk

By National Open Youth Orchestra

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