An independent specialist college for young disabled adults with a passion for the performing arts. Rated "Good" by Ofsted and the CQC. For more details click here.

“I started the Orpheus Centre in 1998 because of a long-held belief that young disabled people – just like their non-disabled peers - gain confidence by performing  in public and being applauded.  We don’t train young disabled people to be professional performers – we are a specialist college teaching them the skills they need to live independently.   What makes us different is that we use the performing arts to give our students the self-belief to use those skills when they leave us.  The last 21 years have proved this works!”

Sir Richard Stilgoe, founder and trustee.

For parents

If your son/daughter or young person is aged between 18 and 25 and has a physical and/or learning disability we’d love for them to join us.

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Fundraise for us

There are lots of fun and exciting ways that you can get involved and raise funds for our life-changing work. We are a registered charity and we need your help!

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Student work

Compose and perform

Students learn to write their own music and perform it.

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Author: Moira Chaudhry

The Canterbury Tales review

The Canterbury Tales - student summer production 2019. A review by Ann Lovelace

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Author: Nicola Fennell

Orpheus Rocks Politics Review by Ann Lovelace

Orpheus Politics in the round, read the full review by Ann Lovelace

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Author: Nicola Fennell

Maths in our daily lives

Watch these 3 videos showcasing the students brilliant work related to maths in every day life.

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Author: Nicola Fennell

89%

89% of our graduates last year have gone on to independent living in supported housing.

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What's on

  • ORPHEST 2020

    This one day music festival will feature bands across two stages, a kids zone, performance area, arts and crafts stalls, food stalls and of course a bar. Read more

  • Strictly Youthful 2020

    Strictly Youthful is a blockbuster concert in aid of Orpheus ... songs, acoustic performers, dancing and poetry. Richard Stilgoe is also joining the entourage. Read more

  • Open Day

    We invite you to come and explore the world of Orpheus on Saturday 27th June 2019 from 10:30 - 16:00. Join us for a fun-filled day full of fantastic performances, fete style stalls, fun activities and delicious food in our beautiful grounds. Read more