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No Bars Orchestra

“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

The No Bars Orchestra is our flagship music group for young people. However much individual learning a young player has done, there is nothing to compare with the exhilaration of playing with their peers. In this unique inner-city group, the musical director works with the young people to create and perform music for their community.

The orchestra has performed at numerous events including at Curve Theatre during our own Doing Music Differently conference in 2021. We are good friends with the Leicester Symphony Orchestra, and the No Bars Orchestra performs regularly with them at Leicester’s DeMontfort Hall.

The No Bars Orchestra is free to join and rehearses every Tuesday, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Woodgate Resources Centre.

Come and play!

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