For more information on any of our music programmes

contact our Musical Director, Bev McGeown, or 028 90240765

Open Arts Community Choir

Link to Open Arts Community Choir website:

OACC site

The choir meets on Monday nights from 7.15-9.15pm in Divis Community Centre, Belfast. The first Monday in the month is usually Big Choir Night, which is open to anyone, with or without disabilities, with a love of singing. Subsequent Monday nights are rehearsals with the Open Arts Community Choir – this is an auditioned group of singers who tackle more challenging music and compete in choral festivals etc. For more information contact Bev McGeown,

You can buy a digital copy of OACC’s most recent album, “Three” by clicking on one of the following links:

Link to Amazon UK

Link to iTunes UK



What is Gamelan?

Open Arts owns a magnificent hand-carved Javanese Gamelan orchestra – an extraordinary collection of melodic percussion instruments from Indonesia comprising gongs, metallophones and drums of various shapes and sizes.

As well as being stunningly beautiful to look at, the Gamelan has an other-worldly, vibrant, sonorous sound. The instruments are uniquely accessible to play and musicians with disabilities are particularly encouraged to join.

Come and Play!

Gamelan for Beginners: We are hosting 6 Gamelan sessions for adult beginners or less experienced players (with and without disabilities) on Wednesdays from 6-7pm, in the Spectrum Centre, Shankill Road, Belfast.  Numbers are limited, so if you are interested, please contact Bev McGeown, to book a place.

Gamelan Performance Group: This is a Gamelan session for more experienced players (with and without disabilities) which rehearses from 4-5pm on Wednesdays in the Spectrum Centre.  The group is available for performances.


Future Gamelan possibilities…

We are currently looking at starting a Baby Gamelan Group (for babies & parents/adults) at 11.00-11.45am on Friday mornings…

as well as a Family Gamelan Group (for children of Primary School age & parents/adults) on Tuesdays after school (3.45-4.45pm).  If you are interested, please get in touch!

We can also facilitate Bespoke Group Sessions for up to 15 people (minimum of 5 people).

Please contact Bev McGeown, for more information, or to book a place on any of the above classes.

In Tune

Supported by Children in Need Logo

‘In Tune’ is our music project for children/young people who have either autism or who are blind or visually impaired.

The project provides an opportunity for participants to gain skills in particular instruments and also experience the joy of playing group music.

Participants have the chance to work with a high-quality team of musicians, who have numerous specialties including Gamelan, flute, tin whistle, violin, guitar, percussion, keyboards and voice.

We are working with associates, Angel Eyes NI and Autism Initiatives NI to deliver the project. They assist the project by recruiting participants from their client base, delivering specialist training for our musicians and supporting the children/young people during the sessions.

Please contact Bev McGeown, for more information.

About our associates:

Angel Eyes NI

Angel Eyes NI was set up by parents of blind and partially sighted children, their vision is that every blind and partially sighted child in Northern Ireland will have equal opportunities in life to fully achieve their dreams, aspirations and potential.

Autism Initiatives NI

Autism Initiatives is the largest voluntary sector provider of direct support services to children and adults with autism in Northern Ireland. They provide services to over 200 families and work in close partnership with families and service users as well as other voluntary organisations and colleagues in the statutory sector.



Jamdin is a fun, interactive music session for anyone aged 16 and over, with or without disabilities.

Activities include African drumming, singing, hand chime playing, as well as the playing of standard musical instruments.

Drums and other percussion instruments are provided, but please bring along other instruments you enjoy playing.

Please contact Bev McGeown, for more information.