In 2015 three partner organisations - Walled City Music, Drake Music and St. Magnus International Festival were one of just 14 consortia to receive funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to develop a pilot participatory project using Inclusive Creativity as its driving principle. 

Inclusive Creativity is a concept devised by Professor Frank Lyons at Ulster University in collaboration with key partners such as Share Music Sweden, Drake Music and Stravaganza, which aims to level the playing field in performance and composition for disabled musicians by developing new technologies and methodologies for their use.

This project also draws on Drake Music’s 20-year history developing AMT in conjunction with innovative approaches to teaching, learning and making music, and on St Magnus Festival’s reputation as an international centre for world-class art. 

The pilot project brought together musicians and composers to research and develop participant-led routes into collaborative music making. Under the direction of Professor Frank Lyons, an ensemble of disabled and non-disabled artists met regularly to improvise an

d compose music together in Derry / Londonderry, using AMT and more conventional musical instruments. The ensemble quickly established itself as ‘Acoustronic’ and within weeks was creating original music. 

Members of the ensemble travelled to Orkney in September 2015 to join professional musicians and composers for a residential under the auspices of St. Magnus International Festival’s internationally acclaimed Composers’ Course.

In 2017 Inclusive Creativity will be an integral part of our Composers' Course which takes place during the Festival in June.

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