Drake Music unveils commissions for deaf and/or disabled musicians

Drake Music

Drake Music has announced a series of commissions for deaf and/or disabled musicians.

As part of the organisation’s Connect and Collaborate London programme, four new commissions for disable musicians or artists working with music and sound are to be launched.

The theme is creating or composing a new piece of music inspired by/using assistive music technology.

The first commission is Compose in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Daryl Beeton said: It’s very exciting to be able to announce the first of our summer series of commission opportunities for deaf and/or disabled musicians.

‘These commissions will give artists the opportunity to work with world-renowned organisations, to stretch their artistic capabilities and to get their work heard by new audiences, thanks to funding from City Bridge Trust and Arts Council England.

‘It’s wonderful to see organisations like the London Philharmonic Orchestra taking assistive music technology seriously and supporting inclusive arts practices.’

Three more commissions will be announced between now and September 2016.

Once composed this new piece of music will then be performed and recorded by members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development programme.

The final work will be presented at a showcase alongside the other Drake Music professional commissions in March 2017.