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Westminster Music Event

28 November 2017

On Tuesday 21 November, a reception was held in the Houses of Parliament in which cross-party MPs and Government representatives spoke in support of a significant new initiative whose focus is to provide high quality music opportunities for young people who have fewer chances to take part in music education, including those with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Bristol Music Trust and the Bristol music education hub - Bristol Plays Music - has formed a partnership with the Barbican and Sage Gateshead to promote excellence, inclusion and accessibility in music education and the music industry.

Bristol Plays Music ( has strong links with  OpenUp Music (, whose work forms a major focus of the music research within Strand 1 of “Getting Things Changed”.

For more detail see:


Welcome by Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West (and, in her youth, a cellist in the National Youth Orchestra)         


Louise Mitchell            

Speech by Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust


Steve Hancock

Speech by The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital


 David Warburton

Speech by David Warburton MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Music and Music Education


Ellen O’Brien

Performance by Ellen O’Brien, Principal Horn with the Bristol Youth Orchestra and member of the South West Open Youth Orchestra


Kevin Brennan

Speech by Kevin Brennan MP, Shadow Minister for Arts and Heritage


Clarence Adoo

Speech by Dr Clarence Adoo MBE, Programme Leader for Orchestral and Health at the Sage Gateshead, and patron of OpenUp Music


Sean Gregory

Speech by Sean Gregory, Director of Learning and Engagement for the Barbican


Barry Farrimond

Speech by Barry Farrimond, Chief Executive of the National Open Youth Orchestra and Co-director of OpenUp Music

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