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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.
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