Current Projects

Rehearsal room for inclusive music group Absorbed By Sound

We are currently working on a wide range of inclusive learning and participation projects across the country. Here is a snapshot of some of our current & recent work.

London & South East

  • Rhapsody in Ealing: A four year musical adventure
    Location: Belvue School, Ealing, weekly sessions
    Participants: Young people at Belvue School in Ealing.

Exchanging Notes is a four year project that is funded by Youth Music and in partnership with Belvue School and Ealing Music Partnership, which is the Music Education Hub in Ealing.

We have delivered the first year of the project which was full of successes and learning – read our summary blog here.

This year we will be continuing to deliver peripatetic music lessons to young people, as well as supporting the delivery of the music curriculum at the school.

We will be working with the other five special schools in Ealing to provide specialist CPD and training for teachers.

We will also be working on a fantastic research and development project from January 2016, delivering 20 sessions using technology and coding to create a new musical instrument.

Read more about Exchanging Notes

  • Day centres – Eastway care
    Location: London, weekly sessions
    Participants: Adults attending Eastway care day centres

Drake Music are working with adults at Silvertown and Romford Eastway Care Day centres.

Using Ipads, Soundbeam, and other pieces of assistive music technology alongside some conventional instruments the groups worked towards a performance at the Lord Mayor’s show in London – see photos and listen to the track they created.

  • Soundbox
    Location: Tower Hamlets

Soundbox is an inclusive music ensemble, delivered in partnership with Spitalfields Music and THAMES, for young people aged 13-18.

Soundbox has been running for over 5 years, addressing the lack of inclusive music-making activities for disabled and non-disabled young people to work together, by providing the opportunity and expertise for them to learn, create and play music together.

Watch this video from one of the early sessions:


  • Absorbed by Sound
    Participants: Young people from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire

Absorbed by Sound is a small inclusive, mixed-ability group session where participants can come together to create, perform and record music in the setting of a professional music venue.

The project has developed into a cohesive group of young people who attend regularly and perform at various events throughout the year.

The group have performed at Sanctum, a public art project in Bristol created by Theaster Gates, Bath Festivals and Colston Hall.

  • Adults Group and Electric Storm Ensemble
    Participants: Adults from Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset

Drake Music provide opportunities for severely disabled adults to join together and actively participate in music within the community.

During these weekly sessions participants work together to create, rehearse and perform their own music using assistive music technology and traditional instruments.

Electric Storm Ensemble performed at Sanctum, Bath Festivals, Colston Hall and more.

Watch to find out more about Electric Storm Ensemble:

  • Ashton Park School Music Lessons
    Location: Ashton Park School, Bristol

    Participants: 8 Sixth form students

Drake Music deliver bespoke weekly music sessions with a cohort of sixth form students at this school.

Delivered by Associate Musician, Ben Glass, the students create and perform their own musical compositions and are developing a collaboration called Outernational Music with students in Brazil to share music and ideas.

Read about their Skype link up here.



  • Young DaDa Ensemble
    Location: North West
    Participants: Young people from Merseyside

Young DaDa Ensemble is the expansion of a successful pilot project to deliver accessible music-based activities to 70 young people in Liverpool over a period of two years.

It offers progression routes for aspiring musicians, provides musical role models and helps to affect organisational change.

The project has two strands, each relating to different levels of musical proficiency for young people who are disabled, deaf or living with long term illness or conditions aged 11-20 from Merseyside.

The project is being delivered with partners DaDaFest, Live Music Now and Resonate, (Liverpool’s Music Hub), with funding from the Youth Music.

Watch Young DaDa Ensemble here:


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