The Able Orchestra is an ever evolving project based on the principle of enabling people to create and perform music on equal terms, regardless of their physical dexterity or prior musical experience.
The project's reach has expanded from regional programmes across the Midlands to take in performances at The Royal Albert Hall alongside the BBC Philarmonic as part of The Proms.
The impact of their work is immeasurable.
Able Orchestra lead mentor Si Tew has now launched a new initiative Digit Music. Further enabling Able Orchestra musicians, the project aims to enhance the lives of differently able bodied young people through music with the introduction of the 'Control One' device.
Designed specifically for wheelchair users to harness the familiarity and muscle memory developed from their wheelchair itself, the device enables young musicians to create and compose freely. The integrated audio system works alongside pre-existing softare and intricately programmed sessions to provide kids with a simple, plug and play enviroment for creative music exploration. Bringing the techniques of contemporary sound design into the classroom opening up a world of possibilities for lesser able bodied musicians both in studio and on stage in live environment.
The first artist to use Control One for solo performances is Jess Fisher. A part of the Able Orchestra for many years, Jess has been intrumental in the development of Control One. Her performances have led to her winning an Emerging Artist award from The Mighty Creatives and landing an upcoming session for BBC Introducing programme.
Tune into her composition 'Time Stood Still' now composed and performed using 'Control One'
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Support The Able Orchestra:
Digit Music have a Crowdfunder campaign live now, to raise £7,500 to create 20 new Control One devices, providing two schools with a full 'Control One Ensemble' workshop programme and hardware.
If succesful, one school will receive;
- 10x Control One devices.
- All cables and connectors.
- Programme of Learning, with lessons linked to national curriculum
- 2 Days of workshops for students and staff including install of Conrol One Ensemble and on-boarding.
You can add your energy to the campaign here, it is running until 3pm on July 15th.
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