Friday, 17 January 2020

Creating and performing on equal terms: Able Orchestra makes its North-West debut at the ABO Conference

Able Orchestra in March 2019 (Photo Mark Nelson/Inspire Culture Nottingham/TRCH/Metronome Photographs)
Able Orchestra in March 2019 (Photo Mark Nelson/Inspire Culture Nottingham/TRCH/Metronome Photographs)
Able Orchestra will make its debut appearance in the North West on 29 January 2020 at the BBC Philharmonic Studio, Media City, Salford, in a performance during the Association of British Orchestras 2020 Conference which takes place from 29-31 January in venues across Manchester and Salford.

Formed in 2015 with the ethos that all members can create and perform on equal terms, Able Orchestra is co-produced by Orchestras Live and Inspire Youth Arts and is an inclusive ensemble of professional orchestral musicians, digital artists and young musicians including disabled people who use assistive technology to perform. The ensemble originated as an iPad Orchestra for profoundly disabled students in North Nottinghamshire, but has expanded to bring together diverse young musicians and emerging music leaders with world-class professional artists from a range of music and digital genres

The 29 January performance will include musicians from the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra alongside the core artists and young musicians and digital artists from Fountaindale School, Outwood Academy Portland and the Minster School in Nottinghamshire together with young people from the Seashell Trust in Cheadle Hulme. The concert will feature a new piece specially commissioned from composer Oliver Vibrans.

Building directly from the performance, on the following day (30 January) there will be an ABO Conference discussion chaired by Sarah Derbyshire MBE of Orchestras Live at Hallé St Peter’s, with panellists including composer Oliver Vibrans, in an interactive session sharing their own personal perspectives and ambition for inclusive practice in the music profession.

Further information about the ABO Conference from their website.

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