Drake Music Scotland has collaborated with a number of music and arts organisations including the RSNO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Music at the Brewhouse, Lung Ha’s Theatre Company, Sistema Scotland (Big Noise) and Horsecross Arts. Projects have involved commissioning works by composers Stephen Deazley (Thrie Heids, British Composer Award 2007), Howard Moody, Malcolm Edmonstone and Oliver Searle which combine Drake Music Scotland technology with conventional instrumentation to push the boundaries of what is creatively possible.
Drake Music Scotland is now in its third year of partnership with The Cumnock Tryst Festival and delighted to be working with Sir James MacMillan, the Hebrides Ensemble, Hillside and Barrshare Schools and the Riverside Centre at the 2017 Festival.
Digital Orchestra – 12 talented young musicians launch Scotland’s first Digital Orchestra, April 2016
Wagner School of Cool – Edinburgh Queen’s Hall, March 2016
In partnership with City of Edinburgh Council and the Queen’s Hall, commissioning Lewis Forbes to write new music for Edinburgh Special Schools and the Edinburgh Schools Jazz Orchestra.
Equilibrium at The Just Festival – August 2016
Equilibrium at Celtic Connections – Glasgow City Halls, January 2016
The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde – Traverse and Dundee Rep, March 2015
In partnership with Lung Ha Theatre Company, commissioning Greg Sinclair to create music for new production to be performed by young musicians with disabilities.
The Red Planet Suite – Edinburgh Queen’s Hall, March 2015
Supported by PRS for Music Foundation, commissioning Lewis Forbes to write music for three ensembles of musicians with disabilities and the Edinburgh Schools Jazz Orchestra.
Layers – March 2015
So much depends upon... – November 2014
In partnership with Angus Council, commissioning Matilda Brown to write a new piece which brought together the council’s mainstream school ensembles with musicians from the Support for Learning Bases for the first time.
Same River Twice – Stirling’s Tollbooth, August 2014
In partnership with National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, commissioning Malcolm Edmonstone to create a new piece for Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Ensemble and a group of musicians from NYOS’s Jazz Ensemble.
Motion – Edinburgh International Harp Festival April and Edinburgh Fringe Festival August 2014
In partnership with Edinburgh International Harp Festival, commissioning Fiona Rutherford to write a new work for disabled musicians Amy Moar and Rhona Smith and the Edinburgh Harp Orchestra.
Transmission – Howden Park Centre March, East Fortune Museum of Flight July 2014 and Perth Concert Hall Exhibition January 2015
Supported by PRS for Music Foundation, commissioning Niroshini Thambar to create a new audio-visual installation with residents from West Lothian Care Homes exploring the relationship between music and memory,
The Deep – Castlesound Studios and The Scottish Storytelling Centre January 2014
In partnership with Zack Moir, Garry Boyle and the YMI Demo Fund, the Digital Ensemble record their first composition The Deep and launch on iTunes.
Technophonia – May-July 2012
Supported by New Music 20×12, commissioning Oliver Searle to write a new piece for young musicians with and without disabilities to be premiered at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Technophonia was nominated for a British Composer Award and a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.