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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 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to welcome Inclusive Creativity! The project, based in Northern Ireland, was devised by composer Frank Lyons of Ulster University. It aims to level the playing field in performance and composition for disabled musicians by developing innovative instrumental technology and methodologies that allow for side-by-side performance with professional musicians.

In 2015, three partner organisations (Walled City Music, Drake Music and St. Magnus International Festival) received funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to develop a pilot participatory project using ‘inclusive creativity’ as its driving principle. The project brought together musicians and composers to research participant-led routes into collaborative music making. Under the direction of professor Lyons, an ensemble of disabled and non-disabled artists met regularly to improvise and compose music together in Derry/Lononderry. They used assistive music technology (AMT) as well as more conventional musical instruments. This ensemble became Acoustronic.

A performance featuring Acoustronic and partner ensemble the Benyounes Quartet will perform Lyons’s specially-commissioned work ‘NonZeroSum’ and George Crumb’s ‘Black Angels’ at Rich Mix on 5th September.

Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy and Marketing, said: “Inclusive Creativity is an incredibly inspiring project that provides essential opportunities for disabled musicians. Especially with disability often being left out of diversity conversations in the classical industry and beyond, it’s vital that projects like this are championed across the sector and WildKat are delighted to support this pioneering and forward-thinking collaboration.”

The concerts in London and Dublin are kindly supported by PRS for Music’s ‘Breaking Borders’, CGF’s ‘Sharing the Stage’ and the British Council

(Written on August 31, 2017 )

In today’s news: The influence of the Reformation on western classical music, music-themed afternoon tea, and Inclusive Creativity announces Rich Mix concert. Katharina Wincor and Petr Popelka receive Neeme Järvi Prize, Daniel Hope to play three concerts in Germany, and composer Wilhelm Killmayer has died.

The Guardian

The Reformation: classical music’s punk moment

The great cultural and religious schism of the 16th century democratised music and participation, creating the template for modern classical music.

The Times

Side orders

Lemuel’s Lounge at the Conrad, opposite the National Concert Hall, is serving a music-themed afternoon tea seven days a week.

The Telegraph

Teen prodigy Daniel Harding: ‘I was unfocused and the orchestra could smell blood’

Daniel Harding has just changed out of his aviation gear, having spent the past four hours in a flight simulator. That’s not typical practice for world-class conductors, but then Daniel Harding is not your typical world-class conductor.

Classical Music Magazine

Inclusive Creativity announces Rich Mix concert

Created by composer Frank Lyons, the organisation aims to level the playing field in performance and composition for disabled musicians by developing instrumental technology and methodologies that allow for side-by-side performance with professional musicians.

Teaching Drama

Octagon Theatre releases redevelopment details

Octagon Theatre in Bolton has released further information about its new vision. The redevelopment of the 50-year-old theatre was announced in January 2015, and it has now been revealed that this redevelopment will include a number of exciting improvements.

Limelight

Finalists announced for Freedman Classical Fellowship

This year’s finalists are bassoonist Matthew Kneale, flautist Tamara Kohler, and pianist Alex Raineri.

Pizzicato

Venezuelan President goes after Dudamel

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has furiously attacked conductor Gustavo Dudamel yesterday in a TV statement.

Klassik.com

Neeme Järvi Preise für Katharina Wincor und Petr Popelka

Die österreichische Dirigentin und Sängerin Katharina Wincor und der tschechische Dirigent und Kontrabassist Petr Popelka haben den Neeme Järvi Preis 2017 erhalten.

Klassik Heute

Daniel Hope mit drei Konzerten bei den Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Vivaldis Die vier Jahreszeiten gehören zweifelsohne zu den meistgespielten Violinkonzerten überhaupt.

BR Klassik

Konsequent gegen den Strom

Wilhelm Killmayer war eine der eigenwilligsten Künstlerpersönlichkeiten mit einer charakteristischen Klangsprache fern jeglicher Schulen und Stile.

Twitter

Das Opernmagazin @DasOpernmagazin

Ballett am Rhein wieder „Kompanie des Jahres“ via @httpstwittercomdasopernmagazinlangde

Wilhelm Killmayer © picture-alliance/dpa

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(Written on August 21, 2017 )