Welcome to RNIB's Music Advisory Service (MAS)

We support people with sight difficulties in any aspect of making music through individual advice and support, as well as their friends, family members and professionals. In this section, you will find information and resources on a wide range of topics. Whatever your musical interest, ability or experience, we hope you find our pages useful. If you would like further information, or have a specific query, please do get in touch:

Email: mas@rnib.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7391 2273

News

Free Choral concert at Wigmore Hall on 3 July 2014

Join us for a Choral day at Wigmore Hall! The day will entail:

  • Workshop and master class from 10.30am until 4.30pm for blind and partially sighted choral directors working with the London Youth Choir and their conductor Esther Jones
  • A free public concert at 5.30pm in the Wigmore Hall where each conductor will direct the choir in a piece of their choice
  • The programme will include works by Grieg, Mozart, Purcell, Stainer and Seiber. 

The event will also premier performances from Zoe Dixon and Sandra Gayer. Zoe Dixon won a national competition last year as part of the Benjamin Britten Friday Afternoons project and her song is due to be published later this year, and Sandra Gayer is a soprano and presenter of the Music Box on Insight Radio. The concert will feature the premier performances of the two winning entries from our composition competition to mark the commemorations of the 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. You can download the flier below: 

Tickets are free, please contact 0207 935 2141 to book your place. See you at Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP or for further information, please email mas@rnib.org.uk

Music education

We provide information and offer advice on music education for blind and partially sighted musicians and those supporting them at all levels, from the earliest signs of interest to advanced studies.

Employment

We support blind and partially sighted musicians working, or wishing to work in the music business through advice, information and professional development workshops.

Making music

Our making music section is the place to find out about taking up music, choosing an instrument, finding a teacher, taking exams and using music technology.

Music events

We run music events for children, sometimes with their families, often in collaboration with other musical organisations. We also run music appreciation events for adults.

Reading music in accessible formats

We can offer advice on producing and learning from music notation in accessible formats, including Modified Stave Notation (MSN), Talking Scores and braille music. We also have suggestions for learning to play music by ear or memorising music. If you support or teach a blind musician, we can also offer help in producing music in accessible formats.

Music awards and funding

This page has details of awards and sources of funding for blind and partially sighted children and adults wishing to further their musical career or study.

RNIB box at the Royal Albert Hall

Did you know that RNIB has a box at the world famous Royal Albert Hall? If you are blind or partially sighted, you can apply for tickets and take a sighted friend or guide. Regular events include the annual BBC Proms concerts, the Cirque du Soleil, Classical Spectacular and events in aid of Barnardo's, as well as artists such as Jools Holland, Michael Bolton and Eric Clapton. We also have information on access to live music and ways to appreciate music from the comfort of your own home.

RNIB online shop

Shop online for a wide range of products that you need to remain independent. From talking scales to tactile labels, mobile phones to magnifiers, we can help you keep doing the things you love.

Online shop