Monday 17 June 2019

In tune: First youth orchestra for the disabled

Sweet music: Maria Jose Rojas Cruz plays the oboe for Mylo O’Brien (7) and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan at the launch of the Le Chéile project at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Sweet music: Maria Jose Rojas Cruz plays the oboe for Mylo O’Brien (7) and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan at the launch of the Le Chéile project at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Young disabled musicians will take centre stage when they join forces for a special performance later this year.

The Le Chéile project will establish four unique ensembles - one for each province - before they come together in September to perform the Open Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the first youth orchestra for disabled musicians in Europe.

The ensembles will have between eight and 12 members. They will choose whether to use conventional instruments or adaptive music technology, which uses equipment such as iPads and motion sensors to allow physically and intellectually disabled musicians to compose, improvise and perform music on a level never possible before.

The groups will use a ground-breaking methodology for directing the performance, known as 'conductology', which sees the conductor use 18 gestures to facilitate the performance.

Irish Independent

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