OrchLab

OrchLab supports music-making and music appreciation with disabled adults, through workshops, accessible technology, bespoke web activities, training and events.

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 entering 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 Garwood Foundation in Croydon and St Cecilia’s Leonard Cheshire service in Bromley as our Community Partners for 2020.

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.

Open activity

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 Open events are free to attend. Financial support towards travel and staff costs are available on application. For any further information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OrchLab is generously supported by JTI