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.

To find out more about any of the events listed, please

Upcoming events

Handel & Hendrix in London with RNIB’s Music Advisory Service

23 to 26 July 2018

About the event: The aims of the summer school are to create, notate, and rehearse with professional musicians.  Professional composers will guide you to further your compositional and musical skills and to widen your portfolio. This four-day summer school is for young composers who are blind or partially sighted aged 16 and over to work with Michael Andrews (composer) and three professional singers on creating new pieces for public performance at the end of the course. Many previous students have gone on to careers in music.
Cost: The course is free but participants will need to sort their own accommodation, travel and food.
Where: There are two venues for this event:

Handel and Hendrix in London, 25 Brook Street, London, W1K 4HB, and RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London WC1H 9NE

When: 23 to 26 July 2018 with a public concert at Handel and Hendrix in London on the final day. 
Who is the Summer School for: This Summer School is open to students who are blind or partially sighted aged 16+. There are only six places. The work links to A-level specifications and with undergraduate studies.
Booking: Please request an application form by emailing [email protected]
Closing date for applications: 6 July 2018

Insight into Focus and RNIB Community Day

28 July 2018

About the Day:  There will be a bouncy castle, storytelling, fun activities, a Music Room and much more!  Come along to learn and enjoy a fantastic day out for all.  Food and refreshments will be available.  Transport can also be provided. 
Where? The event will take place at Focus Birmingham in Harborne:
48 – 62 Woodville Road, Birmingham, B17 9AT / Tel: 0121 478 5200
When? 11pm – 4pm.  
Who is the event for: Everyone is welcome!
Cost? Entry is FREE
Contact: Sarah Higgins / 0121 665 4224 / [email protected] or Nicki Kelly / 0121 665 4212 / [email protected]

At Queens Gallery at Buckingham Palace

10 October 2018

About the event: This event, for blind and partially-sighted visitors.  The event will use description, handling and music to bring the Indian treasures to life from the exhibition Splendours of the Subcontinent. Featuring Baluji Shrivastav OBE, one of the greatest sitarists to come out of India.  The event has been arranged in partnership with the RNIB Music Advisory Service.  For more information please visit the ‘Royal Collection Trust website'.
Where:  The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
When: 10:30 – 12:30
Cost: This is a free event!
Who is the event for:  Blind and Partially Sighted Adult Visitors
How to book: Booking is essential to attend.  For more information please contact the Learning booking team on +44 (0)303 123 7323

Music Day at Morley College organised by the British Dyslexia Association

20 October 2018

About the event: A combination of information and practical support.  The cost of the day includes lunch and all refreshments. All those attending will receive free, the book 'Music, other Performing Arts and Dyslexia', the BDA’s 2018 Dyslexia Handbook as well as handouts from the day including a booklet about reasonable adjustments in music exams. You will receive a certificate of attendance.
Where: Morley College, 60 Westminster Bridge Rd., Lambeth, London, SE1 7HT
When: 10am – 5pm with registration starting at 9:15am.

Earlybird (before 1 August) £60
After 1 August £65
Students & unwaged £30 (limited numbers)

Who is the event for: Classroom practitioners at any level (pre-school; primary; secondary; FE and HE) Instrumental and voice teachers Parents and guardians of dyslexic pupils Dyslexic musicians – indeed... Anyone involved with music Remember - dyslexia-aware approaches are good for all musicians!
Apply by: 20 September 2018

How to book:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 0333 405 4565

A CPD event held at the Hendrix and Handel house in London

24 October 2018

More information coming soon

World Braille Council: Braille Music Summit, Paris

25 and 26 April 2019

This meeting is being hosted by Association Valentin HAüY for the blind.  For more information please visit ‘the HAüY website’.

Proposed Agenda:

  1. Presentations from braille music software developers.
  2. A more efficient system of file exchange.
  3. A concrete plan for reaching a unified code.
  4. An analysis of braille music teaching resource.

More information, including cost and registration will follow shortly.

Events for children, young people and families

Details of future events for children, young people and families will be added here soon. Please bookmark this page and check back soon or email [email protected] for further information.

Events for adults and professional development workshops

If you would like to be kept up-to-date with details of our workshops for blind and partially sighted musicians working, or seeking work in music, please contact [email protected]

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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