We are Laura Callaghan Grooms & Russ Callaghan Grooms and we care about music and arts, and about people.

Before forming Hand on Heart Arts in 2012, Laura Callaghan Grooms and Russ Callaghan Grooms were both working professionals in the field of music education and arts education, as well as being musicians / artists in our own right. We decided to pool our passions to create Hand on Heart Arts.

Whatever we do, whoever we work with, and whatever skill-set is needed, we try to put people first. We like people. We like music. We like creativity and imagination. We like the arts and culture. We just want people to realise their potential, in whatever way that means to them. We think we’re pretty good at helping with this.

Hand On Heart Arts Team


We are passionate about every human being accessing creative, imaginative and artistic education.


Laura Callaghan Grooms

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a: Saltdean, Brighton, UK

m: +44 7775 964 785

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The Mighty Creatives

At The Mighty Creatives we are driven by a powerful formula: Imagination + Collaboration = Innovation. The opportunity arose in the East Midlands to create a musical talent and progression programme for young people least engaged in arts and culture. In partnership with Music Education Hubs, working with Laura and Russ was productive and a pleasure. From our first meeting it became apparent that a common vision for children and young people’s creativity, potential and rights was shared.

Rhythmix Music

We took our daughter along to the Boileroom today, and she had a great session with Russ, just to say she is very inspired and can’t wait to come along again next time. We are grateful for the chance for her to be this creative with her music, so
thanks a lot.

Philharmonia Orchestra

Laura’s tireless enthusiasm, genuine passion, highly developed organisational skills, and thoughtful intelligence combine to make her a pleasure to work with. All of the project management work that she’s undertaken for the Philharmonia has been completed quickly and efficiently to an excellent standard. Our staff and partners very much enjoy working with Laura, and she approaches every task
positively and with good humour. She’s an asset to music education!

Breaking The Bubble South East Music Education Hubs Championing Inclusive Music Making

Dear Jim, Laura and all the Gang, A mighty big thank you for last night. The performance was brilliant…. we did a quick exit and came out at the same time as Prince Edward and Sophie so Casey and Kieran got a private wave!)….Thank you all for what you have done for the children.

Parent, about UP! Orchestra

Laura is full of ideas, initiative and innovation, and a pleasure to work with. Her commitment to music, and what it can do to people and communities is inspiring. Laura is a friendly, helpful and great co-worker who can lead on projects and make them happen.

Leon Clowes
Replay Acoustics

I have known Russ and Laura for over 2 years now and have had many business dealings with them. I find their demeanour always approachable and thoughtful……..a pleasure to be involved with. They are above board in their integrity, honesty and forthrightness and are people that I expect to have a long going relationship with in business as well as in life. Their approach to music is one of innovation and thinking out of the box……..cutting new lines and re-thinking old ones. They symbiotically strive to see in a new way and to hear things they haven’t heard before or to hear old things from a different place………which is what makes music new and exciting.

Anthony S. Werneke

I have worked with Laura for five years. She is an excellent person to have on any team. She is really creative and great at delivering projects. Often difficult to find in one person.

Peter Bolton
The Mighty Creatives

Hand on Heart Arts have an unwavering passion for children and young people’s cultural engagement and extensive knowledge of music, access and talent, and in our work, together have helped to set the foundations for great collaborative work to happen in the East Midlands.

Found In Music Ltd

…a high level of professionalism, reliability and experience.

Rhythmix Music

Russ is an absolute pleasure to work with, he is a great communicator whose passion is infectious. Russ readily adapts to the latest situation and strives to achieve top quality work in everything that he does. I can highly recommend working with him as a project manager as he’s an asset to our team. As a music leader he delivers very high quality work with a range of children and young people in challenging circumstances. He is a conscientious, creative and inclusive workshop leader who plans his work thoughtfully leaving space for sessions to adjust to the needs and wants of the young people.

Lucy Stone
Tim Steiner

Congratulations on setting up and producing Orchestra One so well. The entire process of working with the two of you has been fantastic and inspiring right from the moment we met at the Barbican. Your shared vision, pro-active creative energy and apparent effortless organisational prowess has been genuinely inspiring throughout. I’m sure that for you two, these sorts of things are second nature but I can assure you, I rarely encounter such a level of care, understanding and support in any area of work with which I’m engaged.

Tim Steiner

Laura is highly creative, with the ability to bring complex innovative projects to life. Laura is generous with her substantial skills to children, students and audiences of all types. People smile around Laura.

Richard Finn
Nottingham Music Service

It is always a positive experience to work with Hand on Hearts Arts, with their ability to simultaneously challenge, support, celebrate and champion inclusive practices in music education.

We’ve contracted Laura and Hand on Heart Arts for some very different roles, from overseeing large scale work to closely evaluating Arts Awards for individuals. The work is always incredibly high standard and delivered on budget, on time and with a little extra something that you hadn’t thought about or considered.

If you’re wondering who to give the work to, give it to Hand on Heart Arts.

Mark Davyd
Music Venue Trust
Breaking The Bubble South East Music Education Hubs Championing Inclusive Music Making

I know I speak on behalf of all the parents when I say that we are in awe of what you have achieved, and are very grateful for the patience and commitment you have toward our children.

Mother of a child
Surrey Arts

Many many thanks to you and Russ for the brilliant contribution of the Up Orchestra, I have received many emails and people were completely bowled over!

Philip Trumble
Shakespeare’s Globe

Thanks for helping to initiate and create yesterday’s wonderful performance and production. it was an absolute joy. please would you pass on my thanks to james, alex and laura for all they did to make the project such a success.

Patrick Spottiswoode FKC, DLitt(h.c)
Breaking The Bubble South East Music Education Hubs Championing Inclusive Music Making

I loved ‘UP’ – unorthodox and brilliant, and with an occasional echo of Metallica!

Laura is fantastic to work with. Her project management and networking skills are invaluable, and her experience and interests are so diverse, that teamed with her organisational and interpersonal qualities, working with her is a pleasure. She is one of integrity, proactivity, and strong values, which makes for a powerful combination.

Laura Saunders
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