Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra
If there’s a sound of the future, it has to be the breath taking original compositions of Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra. Savour the sounds of this group of amazing young musicians from Scotland and what you hear – haunting electronica and emotion-filled siren calls, paired with steady beats and rhythms – won’t be something you’d expect from a conventional orchestra. Performing using digital instruments, including a bio-feedback system (Brainfingers), digital drum pads, laptops and iPads, these artistes with disabilities shatter preconceptions and offer a different vision of what an orchestra can be.
Digital Orchestra is the worlds first youth orchestra using only digital instruments. The orchestra first began in 2012 at our 15th Anniversary performance, “Technophonia” which was a collaboration, with Composer Oliver Searle and musicians from Drake Music Scotland and school pupils from the City of Edinburgh Music School. Following this performance, the group grew over the years and performed in numerous notable venues, until they exploded onto the scene in their current format in 2016 in collaboration with Electric Violinist Ian Peaston. The musicians of the Digital Orchestra have performed their own compositions at numerous events and venues, including ISME 2016, RI World Congress, The Scottish Parliament, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Scottish Music & Health Network Conference and the Learning & Teaching Conference. They have also collaborated with important talents in the industry, such as Oliver Searle, Ian Peaston, Malcolm Edmonstone (BBC Strictly Come Dancing, Jacqui Dankworth) and the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland Jazz Collective.
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