Congratulations to Drake Music Scotland who have been nominated in the Altogether Now – Accessibility Award category. VOTE NOW!
We asked them the following questions.
Tell us more about your organisation
Drake Music Scotland is the nation’s leading charity creating opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to learn, compose and perform music independently. We use Music Technology and also alternative notation system Figurenotes.
How long have you been in existence?
Drake has been working in Scotland for 20 years. It grew out of an earlier project using technology to enable people with disabilities to have equal access to music – which started in London and expanded into Scotland in the 1990’s. We work all over Scotland and reach thousands of children and adults each year through a very wide-ranging programme of projects and performances.
What have you got planned for the next year?
We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary in 2017/18 and highlights include a new commission for our Digital Orchestra & musicians from National Youth Orchestra of Scotland from composer Oliver Searle, Performances at the Just Festival, part of the August Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Celtic Connections, and hosting our very own 20th Anniversary concert in the Queens Hall Edinburgh in May 2018.
What has been the highlight of your organisation thus far?
The launch of our Digital Orchestra in 2016 which included a fantastic performance at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls as part of the International Society for Music Education conference in July 2016.
How does it feel to be nominated in this category?
We are delighted that our Drake Musicians are recognised for their talent, creative originality and musical skill. The organisation exists to create more and better opportunities for these musicians to learn, play, perform and compose music. Hopefully this award will help raise our profile.