Acclaim for our 20th Birthday Concert

20th birthday concert Kirs Halpin credit Sandy Butler

Drake Music Scotland celebrated its 20th birthday in style with a SOLD OUT performance at The Queen’s Hall on 5 May 2018 showcasing some of the most talented disabled musicians in the UK.

The packed evening included stand-out performances from musicians including the Digital Orchestra, Equilibrium and Kris Halpin (pictured above, photo credit: Sandy Butler) and the world premiere of Skein by Aidan O’Rourke.

“Easily the best thing I’ve ever seen in 28 years of involvement in concerts with disabled musicians.” Tim Anderson, Inclusive Music

“This is the most genuinely inclusive and inspirational concert I have been to!”  Jill Henderson

“Amazing!  An incredible mix of musical styles, fantastical instruments and super talented musicians!” Evan

“It was absolutely AMAZING!! Thank you to all the musicians for sharing your incredible creativity with us.  You are all such an inspiration!”  Jure and Sharon, Basel Switzerland

We look forward to posting video clips of the concert highlights on our youtube channel over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, have a look at the video below we shared on the night of birthday messages we received from our friends including The Proclaimers, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Sir James MacMillan.

Drake Music Scotland would like to thank The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and City of Edinburgh Council Culture Fund for support of the new commission from Aidan O’Rourke.

We are also very grateful to Creative ScotlandCastleRock Edinvar, PRS Foundation Talent Development Partnership, Culture & Business Fund Scotland, PreSonus Inc., The Queen’s HallThe Schuh Trust and Turcan Connell for support of this performance and to the Amy Moar Legacy FundsBank of Scotland FoundationCorra Foundation, Daisy Chain Trust, ELM Music, Emma Cameron Memorial Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Family and Friends of Stewart Cruickshank, Gannochy Trust, Garrick Trust, Martin Connell Trust, Mothership Connection, Rayne Foundation, Robertson Trust, R S Macdonald Trust, Stevenston Trust and our anonymous funders for their much valued support of our work.