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 Luton Road, Look Ahead Care Support and Housing service in East London and Athol House Leonard Cheshire service in Crystal Palace as our Community Partners for 2022.
OrchLab Swan Lake
In Autumn 2021, OrchLab worked with groups from Flying Angel (Look Ahead Care Support & Housing) and Chipstead Lake (Leonard Cheshire) on a project inspired by Swan Lake, a ballet by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky.
In our OrchLab project, we were inspired by different dances in Swan Lake including a Waltz, Dance of the Little Swans, and a Tragic Tune. We even created our own ‘cup dance’ inspired by The Dance of the Goblets.
We hope you enjoy the short film we produced of our own Swan Lake celebration.
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 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 on 30 November 2022. More information will be available in due course.
- 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 is generously supported by JTI