Music

Able Orchestra

The evolution of the Able Orchestra has been a remarkable story. The ensemble was borne out of a partnership between Orchestras Live and Inspire Youth. In 2014/15 young people with moderate to profound disabilities from Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools and colleges in and around Mansfield worked alongside professional sound and digital artists and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra. They have since developed a strong relationship with the Hallé (ranked amongst the world’s top symphonic ensembles) leading to a performance at the BBC Proms in 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Join us to learn more about Able Orchestra and see how these amazing young people compose and perform wonderful music.

Event format

12:30     Welcome: Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Nottingham

12:35     Introduction: Brief history of Able and aspirations for the future: Andy Dawson, Manager, Inspire Youth Arts and Stuart Bruce, Partnership Manager, Orchestras Live

12:45     Film: How Able Orchestra was formed

12:50     Demonstration of DIGIT: Performed Music using the controller by some members of Able Orchestra with lead tutor

13:10     Footage from Hockley Hustle or BBC proms 2016

13:15     Open Q and A: Chaired by Professor Sarah Sharples

13:30     Event close

Presented as part of Disability December. 

60 minutes, no interval