Welcome to Ambient Orchestras

Ambient Orchestras is a new and innovative music program that supports people of all ages and abilities in dreaming of possibilities, creating beautiful soundscapes and discovering their inner artists.

Ambient Orchestras is the culmination of decades of experience in the music, disability and community sectors. The first performing Ambient Orchestras group started out at Footscray Community Arts Centre at the beginning of 2008. Ambient Orchestras provides an artistic platform for participants to exercise their right to independence, choice, control and individuality.

Ambient Orchestras All-Abilities Groups
Ambient Orchestras aims to provide an artistic program that aligns with the emphasis placed on self-determination and choice, social inclusion and increased recreational and vocational opportunity in The Disability Act (2006), National Arts and Disability Strategy and The Victorian State Disability Plan 2002-2012. Our objectives are:
  • to provide a forum in which individual’s are empowered to explore their own artistic voice
  • to promote collaboration and musical awareness between the participants
  • to foster artistic collaboration and social inclusion between participants and artists/musicians from the wider community
  • to provide a results-based opportunity for participants in working towards presenting music of enduring quality to the public

Ambient Orchestras Primary Schools
Are you interested in your classroom creating beautiful music as a group? We run a results-driven music program for primary schools that provides a platform for artistic expression, teamwork, collaboration and song-writing. Using a variety of electronic and acoustic instruments Ambient Orchestras brings kids together to work as a team and make active choices in a composing, rehearsing and recording environment!

Ambient Orchestras Workplace
For our team-building & communications, creativity, strategy workshops for workplaces, events and conferences, please go to our workplace site.

   Ambient Orchestras are performing live at the Hobsons Bay International Day for People with a Disability on Sunday 2nd December 2012 from 11am to 2pm. Come on down to the Altona North Community Library (corner Millers Rd and McArthurs Road, Altona North) for this day of celebration!

   Check out a collaboration between Rainbow on my Wrist and RRR's resident poet, Ian Bland. Ian is a legend of the Melbourne music scene and one of Australia's finest performance poets. Ambient Orchestras are chuffed to have him on board as a collaborator - enjoy! Click here to download the track, Georgia (MP3, 8.2MB, 5:50min)

       Check out this great photo of the Ambient Orchestras (Delahay group) from The Advocate newspaper! The photo captures Ambient Orchestra members Malcolm West, Leanne Reidy, Marcel Coillaud and Terry Wells jamming earlier this year. (Click on image for full size)  

     Ambient Orchestras partners up with some wonderful community and government organisations. Check out our links page to see some of our sponsors, supporters and collaborators.
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