Our values guide the way we work. They act as a reminder of what matters to us as an organisation.

We revisited them in 2020, in consultation with young musicians, our staff team and trustees.

They are:

Influence - We work alongside young disabled musicians to challenge preconceptions and influence change

Diversity - We bring about greater diversity by driving musical inclusion and disabled representation

Creativity - We engage audiences through exciting music, made and shared in creative ways

Community - We support communities of individuals and organisations to make positive change happen


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Barry Farrimond MBE (he/him)


Barry has over 10 year’s experience developing, strengthening and leading social enterprise and third-sector arts organisations and is respected as an authority on accessible music technology.

Doug Bott, Musical Director

Doug Bott (he/him)
Musical Director

Doug has specialised in accessible music making for disabled people since 2000 and has extensive experience as a music leader, arts manager, consultant and trainer for a range of organisations.

Helen Stevens, Operations Manager Open Up Music

Helen Stevens (she/her)

Operations Manager

Helen has worked in the not-for-profit and public sector since 2004, working across fundraising, event management, volunteer management and operations for some of the UK’s leading education and health charities.

Jonathan Westrup, Education Manager Open Up Music

Jonathan Westrup (he/him)
Education Manager

Jonathan has over 13 years experience working with young disabled people in music education. He has played a key role in developing accessible accreditation opportunities in music and worked extensively as a trainer and mentor for musicians and teachers in school settings.

Julia Le, Marketing and Communications Manager Open Up Music

Julia Le (she/her)
Marketing and Communications Manager

Julia has worked on building brands through marketing communications for over 15 years, for both big brands and start-ups. Her experience spans a variety of sectors, from households consumer goods to finance through to social enterprise. She has worked in France, the UK, and New Zealand.

Ben Waller, National Open Youth Orchestra Pastoral Support Officer

Ben Waller (he/him)
National Open Youth Orchestra Pastoral Support Officer

Ben has over 12 years' experience working with the disabled community including project managing arts events, working in education, leading advocacy groups and delivering accessible music projects. He helps ensure that musicians’ needs are being met both socially and emotionally.

Charlie Groves, National Open Youth Orchestra Assistant Musical Director

Charlie Groves (he/him)
National Open Youth Orchestra Assistant Musical Director

Charlie is an experienced music leader and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with young people in a large variety of settings including schools, music clubs, choirs and bands, in Bristol and beyond for the past 15 years.

Kate Duffy, Administrative Assistant Open Up Music

Kate Duffy (she/her)
Administrative Assistant

Kate has worked supporting teams within the arts sector for 6 years. Her experience has been across a variety of organisations, from music management through to arts education institutions in both London and Bristol.