Walled City Music (lead partner)

Walled City Music was founded as Walled City Music Festival in 2008 by its Artistic Directors Dr Cathal Breslin and Dr Sabrina Hu, with the aim of bringing outstanding classical music making to the heart of cultural life in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. 

In addition to its well-established summer chamber festival, which attracts world class artists, Walled City Music runs a year round programme including tours across Northern Ireland, workshops, master-classes and outreach activities.

In October 2013 Walled City Music, in partnership with City of Derry Civic Choirs launched the City of Derry International Choral Festival, a major new contribution to the musical life of Northern Ireland which has continued to grow and develop.


Drake Music

Drake Music are leaders in music, disability and technology. They are innovators, educators, curators and advocates. Drake Music believe everyone has the right to express themselves creatively through music and they use new technologies and ideas to open up access to music for all.

Non-disabled people can make music in many ways and at many different levels. Drake Music's vision is a world with a culture of inclusive music-making, where disabled and non-disabled musicians collaborate as equals and have the same range of opportunities.

They work towards this in a number of ways; providing accessible education opportunities for young musicians, training music leaders and teachers, building and developing new accessible instruments and providing opportunities for artistic development for disabled musicians.


St Magnus International Festival

St Magnus International Festival is Orkney's annual celebration of the arts. Founded in 1977 by a group including Orkney's distinguished resident composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Festival has grown from small beginnings into one of Britain's most highly regarded and adventurous arts events. The 40th Festival took place in 2016.

The unique combination of world-class performance, community participation of the highest quality and the magic of Orkney at midsummer attracts audiences from throughout Britain and further afield: many return year after year.

Though musical events are at the heart of the artistic programme, the Festival also encompasses drama, dance, literature and the visual arts. The Festival's Artistic Director since 2011 is Scottish composer Alasdair Nicolson.


Professor Frank Lyons / Ulster University

The concept of inclusive creativity has been in development in teaching and research at Ulster University under Prof Frank Lyons’ direction for a number of years. For example, undergraduate and postgraduate modules have been introduced which allow students to become involved in creative projects including performing and composing for ensembles combining disabled and non-disabled musicians and designing new accessible digital instruments. Prof Lyons has supervised PhD projects focusing on design and creation of new accessible digital instruments and in the UK-wide assessment of research REF2014, a case study on Lyons’ research was judged to be 4* or ‘world-leading’ in terms of impact.


Sonic Art Opportunities for a Level Playing Field for Disabled Composers and Performers pdf

Prof Lyons has driven the development of a network of academic and artistic partners across Europe including SmartLAB at UCD, Share Music Sweden and Drake Music and has convened a number of significant international conferences and symposia including the recent Inclusive Creativity Symposium in Gothenburg, Sweden in April 2016.




Calouste Gulbenkian foundation
British Council