Introducing The Paraorchestra and Friends…

The Paraorchestra and Friends produce large-scale contemporary music projects and experiences, and is bringing new audiences to classical music. It is the creative hub responsible for the development of The British Paraorchestra, the world’s only large-scale professional ensemble for disabled musicians. Our vision is that great music is only defined by a person’s ability, never their disability.

Our Change Creation Plan

With Arts Council England National Portfolio status and key trusts and foundation support secured for 2018-22, The Paraorchestra and Friends is about to go through a significant period of change if it is to realise its ambition. New staffing structures, new artistic models of working, relationship building will be required to support increases in artistic work and in retained income generation.

We are excited to join Change Creation programme. We will be developing and managing an artistic programme that can also work commercially to provide increased revenue streams, as well as supporting increases in working days for disabled musicians. Inherent in this is a requirement for better financial modelling and a deeper level of evaluation of the social impact of our work.

Through leadership and management support, we will ensure that the team is guided through the opportunities and challenges they will face whilst our resilience and capacity will grow through the creation of a wide pool of strong new relationships from across the sector.

Jonathan Harper

Jonathan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Paraorchestra and Friends. For the last four years he has been a freelance arts consultant focusing on marketing strategy, producing, project management, including Executive Producer of the leadership conference No Boundaries. Before that Jonathan was a Marketing Director in the performing arts sector, notably at The Lowry and Wales Millennium Centre.