Monday, 14 December 2009
The weekly sessions are continuing to go well for both the beginners group and the performance group. We have brought in Sam Yates and Fil Hill to deliver these weekly sessions, giving them new energy and flavour. There will be a Christmas performance of lively electronica with a twist of festive spirit on Friday 18th December, 1.15pm at the Moore Top Pub, Stockport. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
From January 2010 we are working with two schools in Chester (Dorin Park and Upton Heath) to deliver another series of mixed media workshops culminating in a cross-artform performance as part of Chester Performs, May 2010. Songs of the Earth will act as a stimulus for the project content, to compliment other aspects of the programme, such as Mahler’s das Lied von der Erde, which is based on the idea of the seasons.
Ray De Grussa is a disabled person who has been given a place on Sheffield University’s Music and Creative Media course. Ray has a significant impairment and experiences physical barriers accessing this course. Since September 2009 we have been training and Ray and his Tutors in assistive music technology to enable Ray to start the Musical composition: styles and techniques next term. Fil Hill has been delivering the training, and advising the University on appropriate equipment. There were a few delays as it took some time for the University to order Ray’s equipment. We will be working with Ray again next term.
We are continuing to get individuals asking for music lessons. In some cases they have been able to use their individual budget to pay for these lessons. We have worked with two people so far and received very positive feedback. One individual is expecting to receive more funding to enable him to purchase more lessons per week from January onwards.
We are continuing to work with two SEN schools in Wigan. One school is mainly for children who are autistic, and the other is mainly for children with physical impairments. The workshops are going well and are proving to be a very valuable resource in helping the schools meet their yearly targets. This is particularly relevant for one school, which is currently in special measures, and needs to meet various targets before April 2010. The schools have links with JBB Stadium, and are going to approach them for support and to arrange a visit for the children to get their inspiration. The Inset day is planned for January 2010.
We recently delivered an eight week MOO project culminating in a CD of exciting electronica and hip hop. The school loved the work so much that we are going to help the school apply for funding to deliver another project in either the spring or summer term.
Music Leader North West have provided funding for professional development and networking for Drake associates, trainees and volunteers. Next year we will be organising specific training around soundbeam and live software, as well as another networking day for the NW team.
We are in discussions with various schools and organisations, such as Imperial War Museum, Band on the Wall, FutureEverything and Full Circle Arts, regarding exciting new projects, showcases and performance opportunities…. Watch this space!
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Drake Music are working in partnership with the Emerald Ensemble on a new project commencing in Bristol next year. We will be delivering music workshops on mondays starting in the Spring term to children at Ilminster School, South Bristol. This is a mainstream primary school with an SEN unit attached and some of their pupils face significant physical barriers to participate in music. The Emerald Ensemble plan to run the project over 7 years using approached such as Hum & Drum, Kodaly, Dalcroze and Colour Strings
We are working in partnership with the Brewery Arts Centre and Gloucestershire Youth Service to run a pilot project of inclusive arts activities for young disabled and non-disabled people aged 11 - 16. Our Associate musicians will be collaborating with an animateur to create an original film and soundtrack in 6 one off workshops. The workshops will take place in Cirencester and Bourton on the Water on Saturdays through January and February 2010. The project is designed to provide short breaks for disabled young people and their carers and is funded by Gloucester County Council.
We have worked with Claremont School this term to help them raise funding to continue our successful programme of workshops with their students begun in 2000. The school have secured a grant from the Quartet Foundation to enable Drake Music to restart our work with the school in 2010
Workshops commenced at Penrose School, Bridgewater, Somerset this term as part of Digital Beginnings. Penrose is a day Special School for children aged 2 - 19 years with severe and profound multiple learning difficulties. Alex Ivanovich and Clive Radford are working with four groups of students, 19 young people in total. The sessions will culminate in a performance in the Spring term.
Drake Music are running an open training morning at Colston Hall, Bristol in February 2010 for all music leaders, funded by Music Leader South West. The session will give an overview of the work of Drake Music in the South West and an introduction to the use of assistive music technology for disabled musicians, as well as a chance for networking and skills sharing. During the afternoon there will be a 'closed' CPD session for all current Drake SW associates.
We have been successful in securing a grant of £3,000 from the Joyce Fletcher Trust for our schools programme in the South West. The work will be planned and delivered next year.
St Rose's School
Our work with pupils at St Rose's School in Stroud has continued this term and has been well received by both students and staff. Fran Billington, headteacher, said that our work was excellent and extremely valuable however they are unfortunately no longer in a financial position to pay for our services in the immediate future. The school hopes to continue their relationship with Drake Music in the future and we are looking at alternative funding for the work.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
I would like to share with you that I have been at the Implementing PQASSO training on the 29.and 30.September 2009.
PQASSO is a quality assurance system for Voluntary Organisations that will not only improve the systematic working of an organisation but is also recognised as a quality mark that qualifies us for local government funding.
In the near future we will set up a PQASSO working group, that will gather the evidence for the 12 quality areas of PQASSO, which are planning, governance, leadership and management, user-centred service, managing people, learning and development, managing money, managing resources, communications and promotion, working with others, monitoring and evaluation and results showing that Drake Music operates according to the requirements of a quality mark.
So... what this space...
All the best,
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Consultancy work at Sheffield University
Ray is a disabled person and a keen music enthusiast producing his own
music using Cubase and Grid 2 for several years. He has been trying
to get a place on Sheffield University’s Music and Creative Media
course for the past three years. Ray has a significant impairment and
experiences physical barriers accessing this course. Sheffield
University employed us to write a report with recommendations in how
to make the course accessible to Ray.
Based on our recommnedations, Ray has now been accepted on their Music
and Creative Media course. This is a real achievement for Drake Music as
well as Ray. Sheffield University have proposed Ray and his Tutors
undertake training and preparation during the semester 1 (September to
December 2009). Following which Ray completes one module in Semester
2 (January to May 2010): Musical composition: styles and techniques.
The Prospectors Performance
The Prospectors, Stockport CPs resident band, performed at Granville
House on the 7th August. Their regular audience enjoyed a lively
collection of classic pop covers and upbeat remixes of old school
Stockport CP beginners
These weekly sessions are continuing with more focus on individuals
and their development and using new techniques to ensure full access.
We are still receiving requests from individuals wishing to purchase
one to one music lessons. We have successfully delivered 4 weekly
sessions for an individual in Stockport and received very positive
We are continuing to work with two schools in Wigan. One school
primarily deals with children who are autistic and the other deals
with children that have significant physical impairments. The 5
observation sessions went well and we will be delivering the sessions
in September. One school has approached JBB Stadium for support and
to arrange a visit for the children to get their inspiration. We have also extended the project to include Lancasterian school in Didsbury and will start work there in September.
We Are Here
The sound and mixed media installation based on a theme of 'Journeys
and Maps' was a huge success. Linking in with multicultural and
multilingual communities from Gorton Education Village, the six pieces
focused on 6 geographic regions of the world: China (SE Asia) and
Africa, Carribean and Pakistan/India, Eastern Europe and Middle East.
We are hoping the success of this project will lead to further
partnership work with Band on The Wall
As part of Full Circle Arts animation / film project, we delivered an
exciting and fun workshop for eight young disabled people. We
facilitated the production of four pieces of music to accompany
animation produced during the project, which was then aired at the
celebratory event at the Zion Arts Centre on the 26 July. To see the
work, please see vodpod.com/watch/1974164-
Music Leader NW have agreed to support us with associate team training
for this financial year. Our team training day will take place on 17
September, and will be an opportunity for our associates to network
and reflect. Doug Bott will be facilitating discussions around best
practice and new technologies. Following this we will be organizing
small group training sessions on specific technology such as Soundbeam
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Connecting across Difference
We have now completed the evaluation process for this project. As you know, the final performance was in March 2009 and the whole project was a huge success. We are currently feeding back to funders and will use the evaluation documentation for future funding bids and to inform the way we work in London and in other regions.
Holloway Arts Festival
Anya Ustaszewski and Gary Day have just completed a series of 5 workshops at The Bridge School as part of this project. The children there have composed a piece of music plus a percussion part which accompanied the Holloway Arts Festival procession on 4th July (the percussion part was performed by children from two other schools in the borough).
The theme for the day (which included projects led by other artists and organisations including costume-making, poetry-writing and other fun activities) was the score of Alice Through the Looking Glass, a musical play composed by Stephen Daltry. Gary and Anya had the opportunity to visit Stephen at his home prior to starting the work to go through his score and discuss his inspiration/composition.
Youth Music Mentor programme
Drake Music has been commissioned by Sound Connections as part of their Youth Music Mentor programme. It is funded by Youth Music and each partner organisation is paid a fee of £7500 to deliver mentoring to 10 young musicians in a specific borough. We are representing Camden, however by prior arrangement we have left 3 spaces open to students at George Green school in Tower Hamlets.
Anya, Victoria and Melanie (our 3 CAD associate musician mentees) are the adult mentors delivering the programme. It is a really exciting step in their development and we will bring in Daryl and Lynn (our 2 CAD mentors) to offer some support to them over the course of the programme. It is also a chance for the 3 mentors to take the lead on the project and have a more substantial input into the development and planning of this kind of work. Nick Wilsdon will continue to work as music technologist on this project and support the young musicians with any practical or technical advice. We are currently in the planning stages and hope to start the delivery of the mentoring at the end of summer/beginning of September.
Melanie will also take on the role of project co-ordinator for this project, with support from me as I am currently managing the London programme.
The Orpheus Centre
Following the success of our 9-week series of sessions led by Gary at the Orpheus Centre a residential performing arts centre run by Richard Stilgoe (one of our patrons), I met with Danny Bravermen who is head of their learning/education and outreach work. I am currently liaising with them and planning a programme for the whole of the academic year 2009-10. Their focus is on personal development and independence, so this is an interesting partnership for future work.
THAMES/Beatrice Tate School
Beatrice Tate school was one of the partners for CAD. We have been approached by THAMES to deliver a further project at the school on their behalf (as they currently do not have any practitioners specialising in music for disabled children/young people). I am liaising with THAMES about costs (as the cost to the school is below our current full-cost recovery, THAMES may choose to subsidise some of the work). The project would be for 4-week chunks of work at the start of each term (so a total of 12 weeks) 2 sessions per week.
Disability Awareness Event
Victoria Oruwari performed at the Disability Awareness Event at Guy’s Hospital on 24th June. This performance has been paid for by Guy’s Hospital and she will be sang a 10 minute set of 3 varied songs. The audience and staff were hugely impressed.
POSSIBLE FUTURE WORK
- Roundhouse: we have given them a quote for a joint project, there will also be other opportunities in the future for partnerships.
- Individuals: We currently get quite a few enquiries for individual sessions. Some of these might be paid for by the individual musician through new ways of receiving social services support. Unfortunately at present we aren’t able to offer anything for people who aren’t able to pay for the service (or fund it somehow). Ideally I would like to look at developing options for individual sessions/adult group work that might be open for people to attend. At the moment we don’t have the capacity to even start to plan this work.
- George Green: I am in liaison with George Green school who want some more work in the new academic year. We will finalise what they want within the next few weeks (before the end of term) and hope to start delivery in September.
- I am submitting a funding application to Goldsmith’s Company Charity to support the programme in the London region, at present we are only working for fees and always at full cost.
Monday, 15 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Drake Music and Salamanda Tandem
14th and 15th July 2 - 5pm
East Midlands Programme Manager Drake Muisc
Dear Arts, Health and Care Professionals
If you or anyone you know is interested in arts, and disability work in Nottinghamshire do get in touch!
In order to contribute we would like to invite you to one of our consultation seminars:
14th July 2 - 5pm at Drake Music - Blue Water Studios in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire
15th July 2 - 5pm at the Salamanda Tandem offices in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.
Its all about how we can help support and develop a fertile arts and disability practice in Nottinghamshire over the next few years. We have been commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council's Arts Service, to undertake a consultation project with both experienced professionals and other artists who may be new to the field but are interested in reaching disabled people through the arts in Nottinghamshire. For development to happen we need to look at what the barriers are for arts, health and carer professionals working in Nottinghamshire - e.g. work opportunities, funding, volunteering, training issues etc and would therefore like to know your thoughts.
Salamanda Tandem and Drake Music are conducting the seminars, and there will be a series of focused questions to discuss. If you can't make either event but would like to contribute, we can send out the questions to you via email, or if you'd rather have a chat by telephone that would be great too.
Please forward to anyone you feel would like to make a contribution.
RSVP by July 10th 2009.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
I just wanted to share the good news that Drake Music was awarded in April with the "Two Tick - Positive About Disabled People" symbol to use with all our recruitment and publicity. This symbol is awarded by Job Centre Plus to promote organisations which comply to their 5 comittments. You can find further information about this here
This award is reviewed annually.
Enjoy the sunshine everyone!
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Footage of the three sections of Havmannen's Sønn featuring Charlotte's compositions are now on YouTube:
Bear in mind, this was performed in temperatures of about -8˚ !
If you're unaware of the background to this work, check out previous posts on this blog:
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Monday, 2 March 2009
What would we like Drake Music to be in five years’ time? Here's my two-pennies-worth for the debate - and my wish-list for any genie-in-a-bottle who'll grant me seven wishes. Actually I'm convinced that with luck, hard work and a fair wind we have the ability to achieve them.
1. We will generate far more of our income from trading. Central and local government, education authorities, schools, colleges, universities , curriculum and examination bodies, and a whole range of organisations in the private and the not-for-profit should be paying us for what we can do, what we can teach them and how we help them to achieve their corporate social responsibility and diversity agendas.
2. More disabled people will be involved throughout Drake Music, as associates, musicians and artists.
3. The Board will vibrant and creative, and high-profile individuals will volunteer to be on it.
4. We will have a presence on national and international stages.
5. More of our work will be skilling other people to do what we now do, selling our expertise as teachers and facilitators of change.
6. By having brought about a national debate, we and society at large will be aware of and articulate about the particular contribution / flavours disability brings to creativity.
7. We will be – and be seen as being - a significant source of generating/broking commissions for disabled musicians.
There is more, but seven is a propitious number so let’s start by talking about these.
I'm looking forward to your responses: and thank you for all your terrific work. And it's great to be out of the woods!
Bryan Heiser (Chair)
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Friday, 6 February 2009
Friday, 30 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
Friday, 9 January 2009
Drake Music will be present at the Find your Talent! Festival at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Tower Hamlets on the 16th and 17th January 2009, 10:30-17:00. The festival is aimed at young people in the borough to discover opportunities in the creative sector which is represented by local arts and cultural organisations.
Anna and I will represent Drake Music with stand on both days with info material and case studies about what we do and who we are. Also, I am very excited to announce that Anya and Victoria, two of our associate musicians and trainees in our project Connecting Across Difference will be performing there. Victoria is going to sing classical, jazz and modern songs and Anya will showcase her electronic portfolio using Soundbeam and Kaoss Pad.
How exciting! If you want to check out the website of Find you Talent! festival: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/findyourtalent
Have a nice weekend everyone,