Able Orchestra, March-July 2016 – Evaluation Report
In 2016 the partnership between Orchestras Live and Nottinghamshire Music Hub saw development of the project in which a diverse range of young people in north Nottinghamshire created and performed music and visual images together with an artistic team comprising music producers, a song writer, a digital artist and musicians from a professional orchestra – collectively known as the Able Orchestra.
Between March and July 2016 the following activity took place:
- A total of 10 workshops were held at 2 school settings
- 28 young people and 15 school staff took part in the project
- 13 young people who have profound or moderate disabilities were involved
- A team of 6 musicians, 1 digital artist and 1 computer science PHD student held workshops with the young people
- More than 80 players from 2 professional orchestras performed with the young people
- Approximately 200 people attended the performance at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield
- Approximately 10,000 people attended 2 performances at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Whilst there were considerable challenges with both stages of the project, the outcomes were very positive, especially for the young participants, and there are plans to further develop and expand the Able Orchestra concept from 2017.
The project was produced and supported by Orchestras Live, Nottinghamshire County Youth Arts, Nottinghamshire Music Hub, Inspire, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Learning and Arts Council England.
Find out about the Able Orchestra at the BBC Ten Pieces Prom 2016