OrchLab supports music-making and music appreciation with disabled adults, through workshops, accessible technology, bespoke web activities, training and events.
OrchLab is a project founded on collaboration and inclusivity. Run by the LPO in partnership with Drake Music, experts in music, technology and disability, OrchLab offers music-making opportunities for disabled adults, through workshops, specially-created accessible instruments and bespoke web activities.
Community Partner activity
Now in its second three-year phase, OrchLab blends traditional acoustic instrument-playing with cutting-edge technology, using live recordings of the full LPO as its inspiration. Participants in workshops create music with members of the Orchestra, using assistive technology, samples of LPO recordings, ipad apps and traditional percussion instruments. In this way they immerse themselves in the Orchestra’s music while making it their own.
Each year, we work with two OrchLab Community Partners. Community Partners take part in OrchLab workshops, training on OrchLab web activities, and work with us on tailored legacy plans for the future of their music-making. We are delighted to be working with Flying Angel, Look Ahead Care Support and Housing service in East London and Chipstead Lake Leonard Cheshire service in Kent as our Community Partners for 2021.
OrchLab Pictures at an Exhibition
Welcome to our musical gallery!
In Autumn 2020, we created a short film with our OrchLab Community Partners: St Cecilia's Leonard Cheshire service and Bramley Hill day centre (Garwood Foundation), inspired by Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
OrchLab online resources
Online resources on orchlab.org allow the project to reach a wider audience, offering interactive activities, games and insights into classical music designed for disability settings. For the OrchLab Community Partners, the website also offers a social platform to build the OrchLab community, through sharing comments, photos and videos of each Partner’s music-making journey.
As well as our Community Partner activity, each year of OrchLab includes two free events that are open for any disability organisation to attend:
- OrchLab Open Web Training
A free training session in central London for staff who work with disabled adults. In this session, staff explore OrchLab web activities with specialist OrchLab facilitators and take away creative ideas and resources to put into practice with the people they work with.
- OrchLab Festival Day
A chance for disability organisations (service users and staff) to visit the LPO at our home in London’s Southbank Centre. OrchLab Festival Day activities include drop-in music sessions, relaxed performances and opportunities to meet LPO musicians, try out the OrchLab instruments and enjoy a fun and accessible event in an iconic venue. Our next OrchLab Festival Day will take place in Autumn 2020. More information will be available in due course.
OrchLab is generously supported by JTI