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Inclusive Creativity began with a conference at Ulster University in Derry/Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations in 2013, when collaborators including Drake Music, Share Music Sweden and Walled City Music were brought together with leading academics and practitioners in the music and education field.

With significant funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, PRSF’s ‘Beyond Borders’ and the British Council, organisers were able to make their goal of levelling the playing field in professional music a reality for a group of local disabled and non-disabled musicians.

Professor Frank Lyons was instrumental in this vision of inclusive and accessible music-making, and through research and development created a bespoke commission for the group, titled ‘NonZeroSum’. The name derives from video game theory whereby the wins and losses of each gamer do not impact on anyone else – in essence, it is a ‘win-win’ situation for all involved. Inclusive Creativity has identified and implemented the need to develop new repertoire for inclusive ensembles, leading to a range of innovative methods to train emerging and established composers in specific techniques.

“The high artistic quality of the performances of new repertoire, given in renowned mainstream venues to appreciative international audiences has meant successful realisation of a number of key Inclusive Creativity goals. Taking the ensemble on tour has been logistically challenging but has provided positive life-changing experiences for musicians, carers and the broader support team behind the operation.” – Frank Lyons

Tonight at University College Dublin’s Gerald Manley Hopkins Centre, Acoustronic will be joined by the Benyounes Quartet to perform Lyons’ piece, alongside works by postgraduate students at Ulster University who work closely with the ensemble on research into accessible music technology and composition. By creating high-quality music in a genuinely inclusive setting, the project highlights ways in which other organisations can become more attuned to the needs of less able performers. With plans to perform in Portugal in 2018, Inclusive Creativity is primed to go from strength to strength and continue to positively impact the lives of those involved.

(Written on November 1, 2017 )

Classic FM

‘Goat edition’ meme hits classical music and Mozart

An internet meme (previously targeting One Direction, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and more) where music videos of pop songs are interspersed with clips of goats screaming has found its latest victim – Mozart’s ‘Queen Of The Night’ aria

Forbes

Two Cents About Classical Music For $100

The Grammys put classical music in a ghetto of its own, an afterthought following folk, reggae, and spoken word.

The Guardian

Steve Reich on Schoenberg, Coltrane and Radiohead

Steve Reich went from running a removal business with Philip Glass to revolutionising 20th-century classical music. He talks about rock’n’roll, minimalism – and how Radiohead have inspired him

The Guardian

If Michael Tippett were alive, he would still be challenging us today

When an American conductor spent time with the great British composer, he understood that behind his music lay a curiosity – and a fervent desire to correct the crooked timbre of humanity

BBC

Creating music accessible for deaf children

The National Orchestra of Wales has staged a series of workshops and concerts for deaf people, many of them children, to explore how it is possible to experience music without being able to hear it fully

The Guardian

Antonín Kohout obituary

Cellist of the Smetana Quartet for more than four decades

Obituary: Van Cliburn, pianist

Gamophone 

(Written on March 1, 2013 )