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Project information

Recording Studio and Barn Theatre at Orpheus

We want to refurbish and upgrade our music recording studio and the production equipment in our barn theatre.

May 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: The Orpheus Centre

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  • Need


    The Barn Theatre and recording studio is a mixed use space mainly used for teaching drama, dance, audio recording and music. The recording studio is used by students who work towards their accredited music qualifications. We have identified some issues with wheelchair accessibility, outdated and broken equipment, and some opportunities to expand learning opportunities to our students further. Lighting is poor in both spaces - it is not energy efficient and is potentially dangerous.


    As a performing arts college, our recording studio and barn theatre are integral teaching spaces. The upgraded spaces will better suit the needs of our learners as they work towards Music awards as part of their curriculum. They will have access to industry standard equipment which they can learn to use safely and develop a wide range of employability skills. We hope that the technical support our students learn to provide will help them gain work placements within the industry..

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Upgrade equipment in our studio/theatre to better suit the needs of our young disabled learners.


    » Make equipment and storage more accessible for wheelchair users; remove fixed cabinets and worktops; move the control area; wall-mount displays.
    » Replace an aging computer system and add industry standard software
    » Upgrade the lighting to use LED lighting, install flat panel screens and CCTV camera .
    » Add new microphones and stands and install sliding soundproof doors improve access between each area.

    What success will look like

    Students will have industry standard equipment which is fit for purpose. The area will be fully accessible and suit the needs of our disabled students

  • Impact


    More students will be able to work towards their award in Music and Music Technology as part of their curriculum. This is an accredited qualification in which students develop a wide range of employability skills; more students will learn teamwork, self-reflection and improve their communication skills. More students will have access to work experience placements at Orpheus performances and this will lead to work placements in the industry.


    The risk of doing nothing is that the recording studio will not be upgraded, meaning that less students can access the facility and achieve qualifications. The equipment could fail completely . We are dealing with these risks by seeking funds from trusts and foundation, corporate entities and community fundraising


    Written reports will be produced for donors and they will be invited to an opening ceremony of the refurbished facility

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,060

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,134 Barn Theatre Sound Mixing desk and input output unit
      £2,840 Onstage foldback Loudspeakers and mounting kits
      £476 Rigging rigging units and cabling
      £600 Labour installation and commissioning of system
      £2,010 vat vat
  • Background


    The Recording Studio and Barn theatre form part of the Orpheus Centre which is located in Godstone, Surrey. The centre was founded in 1998 by Sir Richard Stilgoe who saw a gap in the market for young disabled adults who share his passion for music and performing arts. Orpheus students are aged 18-25 and have learning and/or physical impairments. The students have performed at Buckingham Palace, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury and the Paralympics


    Young disabled adults attending the Orpheus Centre, their families who receive respite and members of the public who attend perfomances and shows staged at Orpheus, thus breaking down the barriers between disabled and non-disabled people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Orpheus has a reputation of innovative and expert leaders in disability arts. Our ethos has so engaged and inspired visitors to the college that we benefit from a steady stream of help from arts professionals, tutors, support staff and volunteers. It is the only centre of its kind that offers education, housing and domicilliary care in the place

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Chris Lammin

    Chris Lammin, Orpheus'Head of Music. is the project leader. He has a degree in music technology and innovation and has worked at Orpheus for 7 years

    Moira Chaudhry

    Head of fundraising and marketing

    Angelene Rackett

    Trust and Foundations fundraiser

“The work of the Orpheus Centre never fails to impress me and I am proud to be a supporter.”

Dame Judi Dench