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Echoes Concert – Drake Music Scotland and the Hebrides Ensemble

Tuesday 14th June 7pm at The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh

Following the award-winning success of Diversions in 2019, Drake Music Scotland and the Hebrides Ensemble are excited to announce their new concert Echoes celebrating disabled composers and showcasing 9 brand new works commissioned for the occasion. It takes place in Edinburgh’s renowned Queen’s Hall on Tuesday 14th June, starting at 7pm. 

The concert is curated by composer Ben Lunn, who has a number of exciting composition projects underway as well as being Drake Music Scotland’s Associate Composer, Hebrides Ensemble’s Trainee Artistic Director, and co-ordinator of the UK-wide Disabled Artist Network. Echoes follows the cutting-edge format used in Diversions by cultivating an accessible concert environment to allow audiences members both disabled and non-disabled to feel relaxed while engaging with serious contemporary music.  

Says Lunn, “I wanted to demonstrate that this was not a one-off event, but a new approach that can be used more widely to encourage audiences unfamiliar with this exciting music to feel welcome in the contemporary classical music space”. He continues, “I also wanted to make sure that I celebrated even more disabled composers, really underlining just how diverse and adventurous the community is”. 

Part of the role of Ben Lunn as Drake Music Scotland’s Associate Composer is to mentor members of the Digital Orchestra and the Disabled Artist Network. This involves a wide range of development activities including commissioning other artists both experienced and emerging, composition workshops especially around developing compositional ideas for the accessible music technologies we use that give access to disabled musicians such as iPads and Brainfingers, career development advice, signposting and supporting people to apply for opportunities. 

For further information contact Thursa Sanderson CEO or Pete Sparkes Artistic Director at Drake Music Scotland

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