OrchLab is a new project which started in January 2017, in collaboration with Drake Music, supporting music-making in Leonard Cheshire Disability centres.
OrchLab is a three-year project, in collaboration with Drake Music. The project offers bespoke creative music workshops in Leonard Cheshire centres in the London area. In addition, an online platform is being created, for other centres across the UK, featuring interactive content inspired by the workshops. Building on the LPO’s work with Leonard Cheshire over the past five years, OrchLab aims to expand music participation further for people who may have limited mobility or other physical or learning difficulties, through assistive music technology.
About the workshops
In OrchLab workshops, traditional acoustic instrument-playing blends with cutting-edge technology. Drake Music associate musicians create customised accessible instruments to suit the individual needs of participants in each centre. These instruments are used by workshop participants as well as ipad apps and traditional percussion, alongside LPO musicians. Live recordings of the LPO’s concerts at Royal Festival Hall form the inspiration of this project. Recorded samples from our concerts are used within the workshops and as part of activities in the online platform.
About Drake Music
Drake Music is the UK’s leading organisation working in music, disability and technology. Its vision is a world where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals. Examples of pioneering technologies previously created by Drake Music include devices that detect movement and translate it into sound, and circuit boards that allow users to make sounds by blowing.
About Leonard Cheshire
Leonard Cheshire is a national charity that supports thousands of disabled people across the UK. It offers a range of services including supported living accommodation, home care and day centres.
OrchLab is generously supported by JTI