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Working in Japan

The British Council & Kawasaki City Council invited Drake Music on a second trip to Japan in early 2019, to deliver a series of taster sessions and training in Kawasaki, […]

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Wearing a jaunty top hat, waistcoat and blue shirt, Louis stands in a shop window pretending to be a mannequin.
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Drake Music commission: Louis Walkden ‘Magpie’

Artist: Louis Walkden Title: Magpie Commission Partner: Carousel Louis was the recipient of one of our Emergent commissions for early-career Disabled artists. Funded by Help Musicians UK, the Emergent programme […]

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John Kelly & Gawain Hewitt at the Web We Want festival at Southbank Centre
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The Kellycaster – a bespoke accessible guitar

John Kelly came to our Research and Development team with a simple request… to play guitar. Two years, lots of iterations, development, improvement, testing and playing later and the Kellycaster […]

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Soundbox Inclusive Ensemble – A true partnership

Soundbox is an all-ability inclusive music collective that brings together disabled and non-disabled musicians aged 11+ from East London and beyond. This video explores the successful partnership between music organisations […]

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Music outside the classroom

We’ve been working with Belvue School and their students for a long time as part of Exchanging Notes. This year it was a pleasure and a privilege to get to […]

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DMLab North West – September 2018 sharing

In September 2018 our DMLab North West meeting was about sharing the progress and success of various projects created as part of our Innovation Challenge, which was supported by the […]

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Drake Music commission: Ben Lunn ‘T-4’

Artist: Ben Lunn Title: T-4 Mentor: Kristian Gjerstad Commission Partner: Brighter Sounds Musicians: Violin – Margarita GarmutėArlauskienė Cello – Gunda Baranauskaite Alto Trombone – Joseph Lunn Ben Lunn was the […]

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Absorbed by Sound, playing live in Bristol

Absorbed by Sound are an inclusive ensemble based in Bristol, supported by Drake Music and Bristol Plays Music. They have performed live at Colston Hall and also at Sanctum – […]

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AMT Ambassadors

AMT Ambassadors was an innovative approach to teaching young musicians about Assistive Music Technology. Our approach to music-making is about using music- and sound-making equipment to enable all participants to […]

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