Welcome to Brighton & Hove’s specialist community music service for adults of all abilities.
We wish to contribute to a society in which everyone can connect through music-making: accessing, playing, and enjoying music together, regardless of economic circumstances, ability or needs, age, social status or previous musical experience.
We are a Brighton & Hove -based social enterprise which has been running community music projects in the city and beyond since 2013. We offer participatory music as a tool for connection in a variety of community-based settings.
With listening and soundmaking at the core of what we provide, we work with older people, for teambuilding and staff wellbeing, with people living with dementia and their carers, for mental health, and string players of all abilities.
Brighton and Hove Older People’s Music (BHOPM) is the place for the city’s older people to access high quality music-making provision: our online and in person older people’s jam sessions, one-to-one doorstep and phone sessions, and bedside music sessions.
Open Strings Music was founded in 2013. This specialist community music organisation was the forerunner of Brighton and Hove Music for Connection, providing music-making for a huge variety of groups and individuals in Brighton & Hove and beyond.
Now part of Music for Connection, Open Strings encompasses our all-abilities’ strings sessions.
Wellbeing and Connection
Our sessions are proven to improve people’s sense of wellbeing and connection. 85% of people attending our sessions state they feel better for participating!
Training and facilitation
Music is an incredibly powerful tool for engagement – we see this every day in our work: people who can be hard to reach light up and become present with us in the moment when we play and sing together.
In our music sessions, people of all abilities play together, some of whom have never played before or were told at an early age that they couldn’t sing. Experiences such as these can sometimes be a barrier to people playing together at home, even if they enjoy themselves in our music sessions.