Working with music teachers, organisations and performers to create a more inclusive music environment


“The No Bars Orchestra is perfect!”

“We love performing with others and making friends”

No Bars Players

Inclusive orchestra in the city of Leicester

Inclusive, diverse and doing music differently

No Bars means just that – whatever your instrument (violin, penny whistle, sitar, guitar, tabla or dohl), whatever your experience of music-making (grades, no grades, learning off YouTube, never tried it but I’d like to) if you are aged 7+ with a love of music-making, you can be in the No Bars Orchestra.  

You will be joining a diverse group of young, motivated players who have performed at De Montfort Hall with the Leicester Symphony Orchestra, been part of the Grime Opera with partners NYJO and Pedestrian and who perform each year at the Leicester City Lights Switch-on festivities.

The groundbreaking No Bars Orchestra is a unique opportunity for young musicians in Leicester to shape the future of orchestra.


Location: Woodgate Resources Centre, Leicester LE3 5GE

Teaching format: Face to face

No Bars Orchestra is supported by the Leicestershire Schools Music Hub and the Leicester City Council.

Hear more about the No Bars Orchestra, from the players, their families and the musical director Helen

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Why No Bars Orchestra is a safe space for doing music differently

Teaching qualifications and experience
Helen Butterfield is a violinist with the Leicester Symphony Orchestra and performs with her own groups across the region. A passionate and committed music teacher, she has 20+ years experience in delivering teaching to all levels of students including SEND. She works constantly to improve her practice and is a skilled communicator.
Why an orchestra?

The enthusiastic response of the community to the No Bars Orchestra has made it very clear that there is an appetite for a city centre based orchestra for musicians of all ages and abilities. Young people from all backgrounds are as keen as ever to take on the serious challenge of mastering a musical instrument. Recent performances at DeMontfort Hall and Curve Theatre showcased a groundbreaking ensemble which is paving the way for music-making in 21st Century.

Teaching space accessibility
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair access
DBS + Safeguarding
  • Full DBS
  • Safeguarding Level 3