Music Events

We run music events for children, sometimes with their families, often in collaboration with other musical organisations. This page contains details of upcoming events. You can also see and hear highlights from some of our past music events below.

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Events for children, young people and families

A Touching Sound Experience

  • Date: 2 June 2016.

Venues:

  • Morning 10:45 until 13:00 - Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN and 
  • Afternoon from 13:45 until 16:00 - Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

Open to blind and partially sighted children aged 6 to 12 and their families

What if shapes joined up and came alive in sound? We shall investigate some of the objects in paintings and artefacts at the Wallace collection haberdashery we have brought and some mystery items, to create a tactile score. The tactile score will come alive with our music inspired by it. The new creation will be exhibited and played in the Wigmore Hall.

Closing date for applications: Monday 16 May 2016

Young Composers' Summer School

  • Dates: 25 to 28 July 2016 with public concert at 6.30 on 28 July
  • Venue: Handel and Hendrix in London, 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HB

The Summer School is open to music students who are blind or partially sighted aged 16 and over. There are only six places. The work links to A level specifications and with undergraduate studies. This year's composition brief will be explored with the composer-in-residence Hunter Coblenz and involve composing for Block4, a recorder quartet.

For further details, please see the following flyer.

2016 July HHSS RNIB Summer School Flier.doc (122.5 KB)

Closing date for applications: Friday 1 July 2016

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

  • Date: Saturday 6 August 2016 from 11:00 until 16:15 (Workshop starts at 11:30)
  • Venue: Opera Holland Park, London W8 6LU

Open to blind and partially sighted children aged between 8 and 12 and their families.

Join us in the magic gardens of Holland Park as we meet Alice and other well-loved characters from Lewis Carroll's book. We shall enter into scenes from the opera on our own, sing music and act extracts from Will Todd's family opera for Opera Holland Park before attending a public performance (see www.operahollandpark.com for more details). The opera runs for just over an hour.

Closing date for applications: Friday 22 July 2016

Events for Blind and partially sighted adults

La Boheme

  • Date: Sunday 19 June from 11:00 until 16:15
  • Venue: Opera Holland Park, London W8 6LU

A day for blind and partially sighted music-lovers. Join us in the idyllic setting of Holland Park to discover La Boheme, experience a live rehearsal and learn about the challenges of performing opera in the open air.

Closing date for applications: Friday 3 June.

Improvisation, Composition and Tactile Scores

  • Date: 22 June 2016
  • Time: 10:30 until 16:30
  • Venue: Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, London W1U 2BP

Professional Development Day for blind and partially sighted musicians focusing on the art of group improvisation. The day will involve exploring tactile scores to inspire musical responses which will be refined into new compositions for performance.

Past events

For information on our past events for adults and children, take a look at our past events page.

Untold Stories video

In 2012, RNIB's partnership with the Handel House Museum was the subject of a short film, created by Mediatrust as part of their Untold Stories series. The film describes how staff at the Handel House have brought the museum alive through touch tours and music workshops for blind and partially sighted musicians of all ages. RNIB would like to thank the Handel House Museum and Mediatrust for the opportunity to tell this story. You can watch the video below.

Download the Untold Stories video transcript, (Word, 33KB).

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