Learning & Participation

Skills Lab Academy: Digital technology and inclusive practice

Friday 29 April , 10am-5pm (2022)

Leeds Conservatoire, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD

Led by James Redwood with Guest Leader Kris Halpin

PRICE: £45

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Delivered in partnership with Orchestras Live, we travel from our usual East London stamping ground to Orchestras Live’s home, Leeds. This session will offer established and emerging music leaders the chance to further understand approaches to working creatively with inclusive ensembles involving both disabled and non-disabled musicians. Spitalfields Music brings a wealth of experience in this area, having previously led Soundbox, an integrated inclusive ensemble, for many years. Orchestras Live is similarly committed to accessible music-making, particularly through their acclaimed projects Able Orchestra and  Share Sound .

We will explore themes around how you can modify your material for mixed ability groups, and discover what accessible music technology is available to support fun, creative, inclusive music-making.

A section of the day will be devoted to understanding the principles behind the social model of disability and the impact this has on creative facilitation. The day will be led by Spitalfields Music leader James Redwood, alongside special guest leader, Kris Halpin.

If you have any access requirements, and/or need financial assistance to cover the cost of access requirements, please contact us.

Support for care commitments

We can offer some assistance for care commitments such as childcare, which might otherwise affect your ability to take part. To enquire please email us.

Skills Lab Academy is generously supported by HM Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, the Scops Arts Trust, and The Thistle Trust

This year’s Skills Labs workshops will all be held in-person (in line with current government guidelines). However, as we want to ensure that our workshops are accessible to all who wish to take part, please get in touch to let us know if attending in person isn’t preferable or possible for you, so we can discuss alternative options.

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Leeds Conservatoire, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD