“The fact that we are mixed with people that don’t have

disabilities is brilliant for us because it means that we’re

not a disabled choir, that’s not what we are. We are a group

of people who come together with a love for singing and a

passion for singing and we just want to get there and share

that love with whoever we’re performing to.”

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, so experienced musicians can perform alongside complete beginners, and people with and without disabilities are encouraged to join.

Come and Play!

Gamelan Performance Group

This weekly Gamelan session is for musicians and less experienced players, with and without disabilities.

Rehearsals are from 5.45-6.45pm on Wednesdays in the Spectrum Centre, Shankill Road, Belfast.

From September 2018 we will be starting to work on music for our “Midsummer Night’s Dream” production in The MAC (April 2019), so rehearsals will be focused as well as fun!

Numbers are limited, so booking is essential – please contact Bev McGeown on 028 90 240765 or email

The Open Arts Gamelan Performance Group is available for performances.

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.


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.

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 partially sighted.

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, music technology and singing.

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.