The OHMI Trust’s objectives are to remove the barriers to music making faced by physically disabled people, and to enable undifferentiated participation in musical life, whether at school, in the home or in a professional ensemble.
Pronounced 'oh-me’, the OHMI Trust is a Birmingham based charity pioneering the development and adaptation of musical instruments for those who are physically disabled. Any deficiency or disability in one hand or arm makes traditional instruments unplayable to any reasonable standard. As a result, millions across the world are excluded from music-making for the lack of suitable instruments. This includes people with congenital disabilities such as cerebral palsy and hemiplegia, amputees, those who have suffered a stroke or developed arthritis.
OHMI runs an annual competition to encourage inventors, designers and instrument makers to develop a musical instrument that can be played without the use of one hand and arm, and that has all the characteristics and facility of a traditional instrument. As new instruments for those who are physically disabled become available, the OHMI Trust is working with appropriate organisations to teach and promote their use to anyone previously excluded from making music by their disability.
Having been approached by OHMI, the Masonic Charitable Foundation has been pleased to support their aims with a £5000 grant, which was presented to them via the Province of Warwickshire. The grant certificate was presented to the General Manager of the OHMI Trust Mrs Rachel Wolffsohn at the charity’s registered office in Harborne, Birmingham, by Provincial Charity Steward, John Hayward.
Pictured below are some of the workshops held by the trust in appropriate venues throughout the UK.